Today's poem is "Psalm"
from The Storehouses of the Snow

Lost Horse Press

Philip Memmer is the author of three previous books of poems, including Lucifer: A Hagiography, winner of the 2008 Idaho Prize for Poetry; Threat of Pleasure, winner of the 2008 Adirondack Literary Award for Poetry; and Sweet¬heart, Baby, Darling (Word Press, 2004). His work has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Mid-American Review and Poetry London, and in several anthologies, including 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day and Don’t Leave Hungry: Fifty Years of Southern Poetry Review. He lives in upstate New York.

Other poems by Philip Memmer in Verse Daily:
November 26, 2008:   "Lucifer's Beginning Poetry Workshop" "Lucifer loves the beginners...."
December 23, 2004:  "You Are Worth Many Sparrows" "At least there's this..."
September 12, 2004:  "Every Summer," "this field by the highway..."

Books by Philip Memmer:

Other poems on the web by Philip Memmer:
Four poems
Two poems

Philip Memmer's Website.

About The Storehouses of the Snow:

"Bitter and brilliant, ardent and persistent, The Storehouses of the Snow is a book to read—no fooling—alongside the Book of Job. Every poem here made me catch my breath in astonishment at Philip Memmer’s bold imagination and the sacred relentless­ness of his quest."
—Alicia Ostriker

"In his delightfully audacious fourth book, Philip Memmer addresses a deity who is 'always ceasing / to be, and then ceasing / to cease to be.' In Psalms that fuse contemporary language and wit with scriptural gesture, Memmer knits a sweater for God and presents Him with new 'by-laws' for their unsatisfactory relationship; in recast biblical stories and invented parables, he foregrounds God’s absence and sanctioned destructions. But the poet’s disappointment with the one he calls Father is tem­pered by wistfulness and wisdom; even before the book’s sur­prising final turn, he offers this: 'you must / find the kingdom empty, / then make it yours.'"
—Martha Collins

"In The The Storehouses of the Snow, Philip Memmer—with a story­teller’s gift for intrigue, wit and compassion—gives us imagi­native and compelling variations based on well-known Biblical passages and phrases. These poems are graceful, heady, ironic, full of feeling and a Job-like questioning intelligence. An impressive follow-up to his prize-winning Lucifer."
—Peter Makuck

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