Phillip Lopate

Phillip Lopate

Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Phillip Lopate
Brooklyn, New York City, New York
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Born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 16, 1943, Philip Lopate received a bachelor’s degree at Columbia University and a PhD at Union Graduate School.

His most recent book of poetry, At the End of the Day (Marsh Hawk Press, 2010) brings together the majority of his poems, most of which were written during the early years of his career as a writ ...
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Numbness
I have not felt a thing for weeks.
But getting up and going to work on time
I did what needed to be done, then rushed home.
And even the main streets, those ancient charmers,
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2.
Indigestible
A friend called up saying he was in a pre-suicidal mood.
I told him to come over.
I'd pay for the taxi.
"Will you go back with me to my apartment if I start to panic?"
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3.
We Who Are Your Closest Friends
we who are
your closest friends
feel the time
has come to tell you
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4.
The Ecstasy
You are not me, and I am never you
except for thirty seconds in a year
when ecstasy of coming,
laughing at the same time
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The Last Slow Days of Summer
"BE YOUR OWN MASTER!" says the Vedanta Society sign.
Why not?…In the park
Some clouds roll over me like Greenland on a map.
If I wanted to I could imagine I was flying over
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