Phil Wormuth came on to the spoken-word scene in the early 1980’s, crashing collegiate poetry readings, performing in underground bars, and practicing what has come to be known as “back pocket poetry” - a free-form of verbal expression described as “unapologetic syllabic machine-gun stutter.”
Venus Remembered and Other Poems (2014) features a hodge-podge of colorful character sketches, humorous portraits painted in words, odd assemblages and remnants of the poet’s past. The contents of Venus... were selected by the author in an attempt to reflect on his own cosmography over the past thirty years in verse. A limited second edition Venus... chapbook was released in 2016.
Wormuth was a 2008 fellow of the Maine Writing Project and is featured in the 2013 Maine Writes anthology. He founded JIP Productions, an independent self-publishing writer’s collective, and is a founding member of the Dorcas Library Poetry Group.
Praise for Venus Remembered and Other Poems...
“I envy your fearlessness to portray the worst and the best of life’s experiences... You have the gift to elicit feelings of laughter, sadness, fear, empathy and hope.” - Jen J.
“This is my kind of poetry; putting a human face on the downtrodden and turning over the rocks of the reality of the way most of us live or have lived.” - Dave C.
“From accusatory apocalyptic terrors to declarations of pure, unconditional love, Wormuth has staked a claim on the literary landscape that cannot be negated.” - William P.