Fiction. Literary Nonfiction.Philip Daughtry writes, both autobiographically and fictionally, of love, intellectuality, danger, and farce. Daughtry trespasses federal land in Oregon to greet a wild stallion; follows a young cheating husband through pagan Ireland as he attempts to heal a wounded bird to win back the trust of his wife; visits a doomed drunken poet in Helsinki; finds first love, for a night, in 1960s Paris; works with an insane cowhand in lawless Belize backcountry; traffics special cargo into Ireland; describes the lives of children living and playing in an abandoned prison camp in northern England; travels with gypsies along Spain's Gold Coast; and speculates on a flooded world where haunted men sail between mountaintops of islands.
Philip Daughtry's family left a Northumbrian coal mining village in 1953 for Canada when he was eleven. After a year outside Toronto, "underweight from work on a miserly relative's pig farm," he was sent to a Cree reserve where a Quaker aunt's kindness and a local trapper's guidance awakened his quest for wilderness. The imprint of this period of North Woods exploration ("No cement, no clocks, no school, no blame!") continues to inspire Daughtry's writing. Emigrating to the United States in 1956, he worked throughout high school in Manhattan where he frequented Greenwich Village "hoping to trace Jack Kerouac's road west," and played soccer for the University of Denver before dropping out to work ranches. He eventually hitched to San Francisco, where City Lights offered a first exposure to West Coast poets. He is the author of RUNAWAY ANGELS (Mercury House, 2020), NIGHT RIDE WITH DAHLIA (Mercury House, 2013), and THE CENTAUR'S SON: STORIES (Mercury House, 2007). He currently resides in Topanga Canyon, California.Author City: TOPANGA, CA USA