"Somewhere Holy” by Carl Phillips is poem about religious beliefs, inner turmoil, and how society can affect a person so deeply. The poem is only italicized three times in different areas, that are all significant to the meaning of the work but in different ways. The very first line is italicized and is a dedication to “Erin” and other unknown people that are most likely in a similar situation. The speaker/narrator of the poem is referencing Erin or others alike every time you, you’re, you’d, and you’ve are used throughout the poem. Line 16 “Of course, a weasel.”, is the second place found that is italicized. Between lines 16-17 there is a shift in the poem, changing from feeling something holy and speaking to the man to the men inside the world and how they affect “your” life. And the last word italicized are found in last lines 34-35, “so Yes” “I’ll come,” “Show me.”. This represents that “Erin” and others come to an ending or conclusion to follow the damaged finger man with a pet weasel to a place were reality is left to the individual through the usage of drugs. That does not mean this is the appropriate or correct response, but is the choice made by the individual based life experiences with the “men inside the world”. In lines 4-7, deep thoughts are portrayed regarding faith, and whether these thoughts are different from others in society, for not experiencing what is considered holy to others. That the very moment of all moments spoken about should be “the moment” when something holy is experienced. The second half of the poem after the shift is mainly focused on the “men inside the world”, and the ways they try to convince “you” to be holy. They avoid the truth and blame the world, so “you” turns to drugs because it it not any more harmful than the lies being told. In conclusion this poem is very insightful on why people turn to other methods of self medication rather than seek help from the same people who avoid reality.
This poem talks about “you”, and your first time in Prison. Your experience as you go through the steps to being admitted. The smell in the room reminds you of a memory from when you were young, seeing others in orange along the side of the road. The taste of that smell is the taste of something that is supposed to be “clean” but is realistically dirty. How the man in charge wearing blue from that memory placed himself above everyone in orange lieterally and figuratively. As the men in orange from the memory where cleaning dirt from the side of the road.
Hi, I’m Victoria Davis!