Philip Terman

Philip Terman’s most recent books of poetry are Our Portion: New and Selected Poems (Autumn House Press) and Like a Bird Entering a Window and Leaving Through Another Window, a hand-​sewn collaboration with an artist and bookbinder. A selection of his poems, My Dear Friend Kafka, has been translated into Arabic and published by Ninawa Press. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Sun Magazine, The Georgia Review, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poetry, Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine, and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent. His poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac and Poetry Daily. He teaches at Clarion University, is co-​director of The Chautauqua Writers Festival, and directs the Bridge Literary Arts Center in Franklin, PA. His poetry can be found on the sculptor James Simon’s mosaic, “Musicians,” at the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry. Occasionally, he performs his poetry with the jazz band, Catro.

Walking

My first walk is also my first memory— On the purple carpet, in the living room Of that bungalow in the suburbs built For the soldiers who returned from the war. One parent directed me towards the other,  Who waited with open arms, Both of them smiling, encouraging,  My brothers on the stairway cheering.  No,  …

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