About Phylum Press Founder & Editor Richard Deming

Richard Deming is a poet and a theorist who works on the philosophy of literature. His poems have appeared in Sulfur, Field, Indiana Review, The Nation, and other magazines, as well as Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present. He is the author of Let's Not Call It Consequence (Shearsman Books), winner of the 2009 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, about which Susan Howe has written, "Deming restlessly calculates the split between promised and actual experience. The poems in his impressive new collection balance at an edge of danger syntax can only shadow." Currently a lecturer at Yale University, he is also the author of Listening on All Sides: Toward an Emersonian Ethics of Reading (Stanford University Press). Deming received the John P. Birkelund Berlin Prize in the Humanities Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin. A conversation between Deming and Roberto Tejada on poetics is available as part of the Rust Talks series at

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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