by Philip Belcher

                                For Albert Blackwell

Only once in thirty years have we spoken,
but reading Epictetus reminded me of you:
biking to campus on your 10-speed Schwinn,
the daily khakis and the button-down, blue,
the volume of Stoics in your messenger bag.
In my study, your Schleiermacher monograph
leans against
The Selected Letters of Keats.
A pipe cleaner marks the title page, the kindness
you inscribed there.  And the modest light
on my books brings back the permanent dusk
of your room in Furman Hall where once
I found you sitting cross-legged on your desk,
humming a Morley madrigal and puzzling
your way through Dürer’s
Melencolia I.


Philip Belcher has published poetry and critical prose in a variety
of literary journals including
Passages North, Shenandoah,
Asheville Poetry Review, South Dakota Review, Southeast
, Fugue, and The Southern Quarterly.  In 2007, his
The Flies and Their Lovely Names, was published
by Stepping Stones Press at the University of South Carolina.  
Belcher is an Advisory and Contributing Editor for
and holds degrees from Furman University, Southeastern Seminary,
the Duke University School of Law, and Converse College (MFA).  
He currently serves as Vice President, Programs, of The Community
Foundation of Western North Carolina in Asheville.

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Apple Valley Review:
A Journal of Contemporary

ISSN 1931-3888

Volume 9, Number 2
(Fall 2014)

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