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Carl Phillips is a poet and professor of English and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, whose works include the poetry collections “In the Blood”, “Cortège”, “From the Devotions”, “Pastoral”, and “The Tether”. He starts off the interview by reading his poem “The Trees”. He goes on to discuss how struggling with his identity helped influence his early work. The interview continues with a conversation on spirituality, and how poetry should be an inclusive medium to cope with issues in a person’s life. Within the interview, he reads his poem “From the Devotions”, and concludes the interview by reading “The Kill”.
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Phillips, Carl, "Carl Phillips: Poet" (2001). Writers Forum Videos. Video 3.