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Philip Arnold

of the barn-tethered

his joy-besotted molars

brambles in blossoming

the rickety-hinged holler


are rife with

Philip Arnold's poetry draws from his experiences living in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. His poetry has appeared in The Iowa Review, Rattle, Midwest Quarterly, Sou'wester, Corbel Stone Press and Southern Poetry Review.


  1. Helen Johnson says:

    I’m distracted by ‘cauliflower’ (singular) followed by ‘are’. Is that an American thing?

  2. Might be. Or a regionalism. Here we would say, for instance, “the rhubarb plants” or “the rhubarb” but not “the rhubarbs.” Speaking specifically in the context of singular/plural and plants of some kinds!

  3. stephanie cotell says:

    I absolutely love this poem. And the artist has such a beautiful tone to his voice!

  4. Although Emily Dickinson gets a pass for her dashes, hyphens are a poem’s bane.

  5. Dave Read says:

    Microphones capture speech, hyphens don’t.

    • Sure they do. Punctuation is a natural part of representing speech in written form. It’s sad that you aren’t lucky enough to hear the music it’s making.

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