Philip Metres

pmetres@jcu.edu

Philip Metres is the author of several books of poems, including Sand Opera, winner of the 2013 Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books, A Concordance of Leaves (Diode 2013), abu ghraib arias (Flying Guillotine, 2011) and To See the Earth (Cleveland State, 2008). His work has garnered two NEA fellowships, four Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Arab American Book Award, and the Cleveland Arts Prize, amoung other honors. He is a prfessor of English at John Carroll University.

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December 2014

Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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