Today's poem is "Vivisecting"
from Radio Silence

Black Lawrence Press

Philip Schaefer is the author of three chapbooks. [Hideous] Miraculous is available from BOAAT Press, while Radio Silence (forthcoming 2016 from Black Lawrence Press) and Smokes Tones (available from Phantom Books) were co-written with poet Jeff Whitney. Individual work is out or due out in Thrush, Vinyl, The Cincinnati Review, Forklift Ohio, DIAGRAM, Sonora Review, H_NGM_N, Guernica and Hayden’s Ferry among others. He tends bar at a craft distillery in Missoula, where he received his MFA from the University of Montana.

Jeff Whitney is the author of The Tree With Lights In It (Thrush Press, 2015) as well as two other chapbooks. His poems have appeared in journals such as Beloit, Blackbird, Cream City Review, Narrative, Poetry Northwest, Salt Hill, and Verse Daily. He lives in Portland, where he teaches English.

Books by Philip Schaefer & Jeff Whitney:

Other poems on the web by Philip Schaefer & Jeff Whitney:
"Static Wound"

About Radio Silence:

"Philip Schaefer and Jeff Whitney have closed their eyes and listened: weathers, dance halls, bright-and-darkening towns…the blaze of certain silences, 'flaring ghosts.' Radio Silence is an exquisite dream of transport."
—Joanna Klink

"In these collaborative emergency poems, Philip Schaefer and Jeff Whitney remind us that silence doesn't need to be disconcerting, even 'in the chop of a storm/only the future saw coming.' But Radio Silence doesn't fill in the gaps in transmission. Instead it attends to what emerges from those gaps when one really listens: Silence becomes noise; noise becomes music; music becomes a message—an old friend saying the perfect next thing. 'There is the giving and the taking and the taking/back,' but what's more there is what's left over in the wake of disappearance, the afterglow of vanishment, the haunted present moment. These poems crackle with the notion that we are never alone, if we can only allow ourselves to pay attention (and participate!) with imagination and faith, in awe of the darkness and light that surrounds us."
—Matt Hart

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