About Phylum Press Founder & Editor Richard Deming

NEW: The Art of the Ordinary, The Everyday Domain of Art, Film, Philosophy, and Poetry, Cornell UP, 2018

Richard Deming is a poet, art critic, and theorist whose work explores the intersections of poetry, philosophy, and visual culture. His collection of poems, Let’s Not Call It Consequence (Shearsman Books), received the 2009 Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America. His most recent book of poems, Day for Night (Shearsman Books), appeared in 2016. He is also the author of Listening on All Sides: Toward an Emersonian Ethics of Reading (Stanford UP, 2008), and Art of the Ordinary: the Everyday Domain of Art, Film, Literature, and Philosophy  (Cornell UP, 2018). He contributes to such magazines as Artforum, Sight & Sound, and The Boston Review. His poems have appeared in such places as Iowa Review, Field, American Letters & Commentary, and The Nation. He teaches at Yale University where he is the Director of Creative Writing.  Winner of the Berlin Prize, he was the Spring 2012 John P. Birkelund Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin.

Deming's most recent book, The Art of the Ordinary, The Everyday Domain of Art, Film, Philosophy, and Poetry, (Cornell UP, 2018), cuts across literature, film, art, and philosophy in a cross-disciplinary engagement with the ordinary and the everyday. Because, Deming writes, the ordinary is always at hand, it is, in fact, too familiar for us to perceive it and become fully aware of it. The ordinary he argues, is what most needs to be discovered and yet is something that can never be approached, since to do so is to immediately change it. READ MORE at Cornell UP.

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Selected Poems Online

After Kurosawa and
Shall I Read from the History of the Battle of Thermopylae? in Conjunctions

Rooms (1) in Word for Word

From Some Elsewhere in Free Verse

Knock in Counterpath Online