Phil Wormuth


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 is a 2008 fellow of the Maine Writing Project and is featured in the 2013 Maine Writes anthology. He founded JIP Productions and co-founded 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.

Phil Wormuth and fellow JIPper Michael W. Dean (of musical project BipTunia) went to college together in the rust belt of America in the early 80s.

These two guys were best friends in college, played in a bar band called “The Armless Children.”

They lost track of each other, didn’t speak for 30 years, then got back in touch this year and immediately made this music.

“Brace Yourself for a Blast” is a concept album about the end of the world, but it’s not depressing. There is hope.

BipTunia music mood: Darkly cheerful.

Influences: Gary Numan, Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Doors, Depeche Mode, Frank Zappa, Robert Fripp, Blondie, Kraftwerk, Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, and Dead Kennedys.

BipTunia styles: TripHop / Downtempo / Rock / Pop / Glam / Industrial / Ambient / Jazz / Space

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