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Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips's third collection, Elegy for a Broken Machine, is forthcoming in 2015 from Alfred A. Knopf. He is a recent Guggenheim and NEA fellow, and the author of Boy and Chattahoochee, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Drew University.

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The Singing

I can hear her through the thin wall, singing, up before the sun: two notes, a kind of hushed half-breathing, each time the baby makes that little moan— can hear her trying not to sing,…