"What drew me to poetry in the first place was the sense that there was the world as you experience it -- the world of your family, the world of your work, of your everyday life -- and there's something under the surface going on, too, inside everybody. That kind of unknowable quality to other people -- including your parents and your siblings -- that everyone has a whole inner life that it's very, very difficult to know about it and know what is happening inside another human being. That's what I"m most interested in and I'm drawn to those kind of moments of crisis in a way because that's when the underbelly shows through. Those are the moments when you can see it."
- From the Fishouse: An Audio Archive of Emerging Poets: Patrick Phillips
- "Watching the Surface for a Sign," Southern Spaces, April 14, 2009
- "Stray Questions for: Patrick Phillips", Gregory Cowles, The New York Times, October 24, 2008