Michael Philips

Michael Philips Poems

1. Mid-Air Mattress 2/3/2006
2. Song Of Burma 4/11/2005
3. The Woman With The Woodpecker Laugh 5/19/2006
4. Photocopy Of Guernica 8/9/2006
5. Crossing State Lines 8/25/2006
6. A Proverb Of Evolution 9/25/2006
7. Directions For Navigating An Art Opening 7/6/2007
8. Melody The Comptroller 1/22/2008
9. The Oh So Pleasant Dick From The Neighborhood Association 8/12/2008
10. So Very Sorry For The Family 12/3/2008
11. How To Create The Perfect Poem 3/17/2008
12. My Munch’s Scream Experience 10/10/2006
13. Forgetting About John Fahey 4/10/2006
14. Yakinohara Marriage 7/13/2005
15. Not Guilty 1/22/2005
16. Reversal 4/8/2005
17. Paul Klee Drops By 3/7/2005
18. Song Of The Peeping Tom 1/12/2005
19. Prank 1/6/2005
20. Quitting 3/4/2005
21. Bee Sting 3/20/2005
22. Julie’s Excommunication 3/1/2005
23. Eulogy Instructions 8/11/2005
24. The Idiot's Funeral 8/17/2005
25. Prepare For Landing 6/30/2005
26. Evolutionary Chart 7/14/2005
27. Car Wreck On The Old Coast Road 10/11/2006
28. Adios Suburbs, Hola Suburbs 7/6/2007
29. Conquistadors 3/28/2006
30. Don’t Be Cruel 12/10/2005
31. The Absence Of Black 4/20/2005
32. I’ll Still Be Dead 8/9/2005
33. Instructions For Cheerleaders 10/3/2005
34. Confession To Frank Zappa 5/9/2005
35. Rebirth 5/23/2005
36. Shostakovich In Nebraska 9/13/2005
37. City Planning 2/22/2005
38. Tango Stupido 4/12/2006
39. Long Term Care 8/22/2006
40. A Special Daughter 5/26/2006

Comments about Michael Philips

  • Mare Dylan (3/18/2012 7:04:00 PM)

    Wonderful stuff, keep writing.

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  • Lori Boulard (11/26/2006 9:15:00 PM)

    I could leave a comment on every one of your poems, Michael, I like them that much, but I'll spare the space and say so here. Your writing is original, tight, and just funny enough to remind me that poetry doesn't have to be dry and 'proper' to be good. Keep it up, my friend. Cheers, Lori

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  • Max Reif (12/24/2005 5:52:00 PM)

    I tell you, Michael, I've enjoyed quite a few of your poems-'Route 66' is still my favorite-but just now, clicking through your pages to find your new one, I had more fun with your TITLES than most poems! I'll have to come back and read 'Song of the Peeping Tom', 'Song of the Porn Webmaster', 'Song of the Tabloid Hack', and all the rest.

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  • ... ... (12/21/2005 1:12:00 PM)

    Rebirth, I'll Still Be Dead, Getting it Wrong, Cowboys...just some of the poems I've really enjoyed, not least for the playful tones and clever touches in the work...they are humorous, and, in essence i feel, life-affirming, in their own peculiar optimistic and individual way. But possibly the most entertaining thing is your refusal to resort to stock emotional responses.

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  • Michael Gessner (4/23/2005 2:03:00 PM)

    Just beginning to look at your titles, 'Dartmouth Alumni Survey, ' 'Melody The Comptroller, ' 'My New Screenplay, ' et. al. & find them strikingly original, resonant-with humor that doubles as entertainment & the Cosmic Laughter of The Profound-as tho' I've stumble thought the door to a Gallery of Undiscovered Things-

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  • Lare Austin (1/23/2005 11:49:00 AM)

    Hi Michael...I just read your poem, 'Naming The Boat'. Very well written story...like a good book...I couldn't put it down. Thank you for sharing...and perhaps you might think of putting together a book of poetry. It would do well...

    Lare Austin

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Best Poem of Michael Philips

Bad Art

I set off a stink bomb
At the art opening of bad art.
It was funny how everyone started
Looking around as if they
Would somehow be able to see the smell.
People began fanning their faces
With their programs and an Asian
Woman actually held her nose.
When they discovered I was the culprit
They roughly escorted me out
Of the gallery and the owner told me what I
Did was adolescent and stupid.
I said the smell was only bad
In his subjective mind – who’s to say what’s
A good smell and what’s a bad smell? But
He had already gone
Back inside to help ...

Read the full of Bad Art

Naming The Boat

When we first bought the boat
My dad was focused on the rigging
The types and locations of winches and cleats
The sizes of the genoas and spinnakers
Making sure all halyards routed back to the cockpit
My attention was on coming up with a name
How about Clytemnestra?
I liked the sound of it
Like a bird taking flight from its nest

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