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In this installment, Patrick Phillips reads “A slumber did my spirit seal” by William Wordsworth. Phillips' first book, Chattahoochee , received the both the 2005 Kate Tufts Discovery Prize and was published by the University of Arkansas Press. Poems from the book have appeared in many magazines, including Poetry, Ploughshares, and The Nation. His honors include a Discovery/The Nation Award, a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Copenhagen, and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He recently completed a doctorate in Renaissance Literature at New York University, and teaches at Maritime College in New York City.
William Wordsworth "A slumber did my spirit seal"
A SLUMBER did my spirit seal;
I had no human fears:
She seemed a thing that could not feel
The touch of earthly years.
No motion has she now, no force;
She neither hears nor sees;
Rolled round in earth's diurnal course,
With rocks, and stones, and trees.