Phillip Carroll Morgan


Phillip Carroll Morgan
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A Choctaw/Chickasaw poet, Phillip Carroll Morgan earned a PhD in Native American literature from the University of Oklahoma. He writes for Chickasaw Press, part of the Chickasaw Nation Division of History and Culture.
Morgan’s poetry engages his tribal ancestry and its mythology. His first poetry collection, The Fork-in-the-Road Indian Poetry Store (2006), won the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award.
Morgan is also the author of the history books Chickasaw Renaissance (2010) and Who Shall Gainsay Our Decision? Choctaw Literary Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century (2011) and a contributor to Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective (2008).
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Digging Deeper

I. The Secret Garden
fooled the squash bugs
by setting young plants
in the center of piles
of old weathered cedar shingles
that i had dumped
one truckload at a time
around the perimeter of the woods
out of sight of the house
yet near enough to garner a hand
of bucketful for kindling
when the woodstove became
december's focus
the shingle pile had flattened
from firewood attrition and gravity
so only a few layers remained
no wild plants grew up through the shingles
although a couple of hours of sunshine
lit each pile each day
i called ...

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