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Philip Terman

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Philip Terman was born on November 4, 1957, in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a BA and MA from Ohio University and a PhD from Ohio State University.

Terman is the author of Our Portion: New and Selected Poems (Autumn House Press, 2015), The Torah Garden (Autumn House Press, 2011), Rabbis of the Air (Autumn House Press, 2007), Book of the Unbroken Days (Mammoth Books, 2005), and The House of Sages (Mammoth Books, 1998).

Of Our Portion: New and Selected Poems, Stanley Plumly writes, “This is a big-hearted, large-minded book, rich in its religious heritage yet wonderfully ironic, in its particulars, about those same compelling cultural connections.”

Terman has received the Anna Davidson Roseburg Award for Poetry on the Jewish Experience and the Kenneth Patchen Award. He currently serves as a professor of English at Clarion University. He also directs the Spoken Art Reading Series, codirects the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival, and coordinates The Bridge Literary Arts Center. He lives in Grove City, Pennsylvania.


Bibliography

Our Portion: New and Selected Poems (Autumn House Press, 2015)
The Torah Garden (Autumn House Press, 2011)
Rabbis of the Air (Autumn House Press, 2007)
Book of the Unbroken Days (Mammoth Books, 2005)
The House of Sages (Mammoth Books, 1998)

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Pedometer attached to her belt, your mother, spry and strong
at eighty, joins the other Methodist Church members
in calculating the 5, 915 miles, no matter the weather, to add up
all the way from Linesville, Pennsylvania to Jerusalem.
They need not worry about miracles or pausing
at the

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I followed you down the switchback trail of the Grand Canyon and we slept
            in a crevice, and we own that,

and we own those moments tossing the football in front of 4073 Wyncote Road
            until the streetlights snapped on