Poetry. "Reading Philip Dacey's poems is like having a conversation with a funny, sophisticated, and insightful friend. You're laughing, you're nodding in appreciation, you're saying, 'A-ha. I never saw things that way, but wow—you're right.' And you don't want to say goodbye anytime soon. Like the best literature, Dacey's poems teach us—or remind us—what it means to be human. They speak of our capacity for reverence ('Guest of Honor') as well as our ability to wound ('Neighborly'); they address our ability to conjure beauty via art, performance, and music ('Nijinsky: A Sestina,' among others) and our power to destroy ('At the Hiroshima Photo Exhibit'); they evoke our ingenuity (all of Dacey's poems themselves as well as some of their subjects) and, simultaneously, as in 'The Hike (Altea, Spain),' our frailty and our resilience."—Mark Brazaitis
Philip Dacey is the author of thirteen books of poetry. A native of St. Louis, he earned master's degrees from Stanford and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. A Sixties Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria, he taught at Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama, during the presidency of Dr Lucius Pitts. From 1970 until his retirement in 2004 he taught at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. On leaves of absence, he lived for six months in Spain with his wife and their two children and later lived in Mexico with his wife and their three children. Besides making several trips to his ancestral Ireland and one to Vietnam along with various veterans, students, and colleagues, a 1995 Fulbright brought him to Yugoslavia for four months. Upon his retirement in 2004, he moved to Manhattan's Upper West Side for a post-retirement adventure. With Alixa Doom, his partner since 2001, he lived in the lake district of Minneapolis from 2012 until his death in 2016.
Author City: MINNEAPOLIS, MN USA