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From the Desk of … Emilia Phillips

From the Desk of … Emilia Phillips
This week I asked poet and educator Emilia Phillips to share a picture and talk about one item on her desk.

desk of Emilia Phillips

I use my grandparents’ metal lamp even though the wiring’s loose, maybe even dangerous. It won’t light if the bulb’s straight in the socket, so I position the shade—its two wire hoops balance on the bulb as if on an egg—so that its weight keeps the bulb at an angle. To turn it on, I have to balance the switch somewhere between the on/off clicks. The lightest movement will turn it off or cause it to flicker like candlelight. Sometimes I’ll stand for minutes trying to get the switch right. I want it to teach me patience. – Emilia Phillips

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Erin Dorney is the poetry editor for Third Point Press and lives in Minnesota. Follow her on Twitter at @edorney or learn more at

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