Philip Metres

(San Diego, California)

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Philip J. Metres III (born 1970 in San Diego, California and raised in Lincolnshire, Illinois) is an award-winning American poet, translator, scholar, and activist. His most recent poetry books include Sand Opera and A Concordance of Leaves. He has published poems, essays, and reviews in literary journals and magazines including Poetry, New England Review, Tin House, Ploughshares, New American ... more »

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Wither me to within me:
Welt me to weal me common again:
Withdraw to wear me weary:
Over me to hover and lover again:

Before me to form and perform me:
Round me to rill me liquid incisions:
Behind me to hunt and haunt me:
Down me to drown indecision:

Bury me to seed me: bloom me
In loam me: grind me to meal me
Knead me to rise: raise me to your mouth

Rive me to river me:
End me to unmend me:
Rend me to render me:

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