It’s true that we very slightly butcher the plot of Brigadoon in this episode of Multi-Verse. But, with apologies to theatre buffs, that’s kind of the idea.

An oasis, as poet Philip Metres points out in Episode 15, is evanescent by nature. There, and then not there. What does it mean to seek refuge when the oasis is impermanent? And what does it mean, years later, to remember a mirage?

In his conversation with host Evangeline Riddiford Graham, Metres invites close attention to those things that are, by definition, hard to nail down: missed connections, dream-time, the longing for home. The sense of being lost on a street you thought you knew.

Philip Metres’s latest poetry collection is Fugitive/Refuge (Copper Canyon Press, 2024).

Multi-Verse is a poetry podcast hosted and produced by Evangeline Riddiford Graham, senior managing editor at Public Seminar. To hear more poets share the poems they don’t usually read aloud, visit Multi-Verse at SpotifyApple PodcastsPocket CastsSoundCloud, or For monthly poetry updates direct to your inbox, subscribe to the monthly Multi-Verse newsletter.