Life in the Ordovician

Life in the Ordovician

by Robert Murphy


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Poetry. "These are poems of great courtesy, of hospitality: they invite us in. We find ourselves in a world where the natural surround yields almost imperceptibly to the precincts of the householder, and vice versa. The gardener, the naturalist, the quiet but acute observer of the local flora and fauna, intimate with what lives and grows within a few hundred feet of his door, returns in these poems to the mythic realm that has always belonged to him by right. And just as the line between the natural and the domestic gracefully wavers here, so too does the border between mythic truth and immediate observation."—Norman Finkelstein

"Like Forrest Gander and James Merrill, Robert Murphy writes in [on?] the interface of the distant past and the far future. This is a threshold poetry—extending infinite possibilities from a stable, cosmic center."—Paul Bray

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933675312
Publisher: Dos Madres Press
Publication date: 11/01/2007
Pages: 122

About the Author

Robert Murphy's poems have appeared in the literary periodical Smartish Pace, as well as the Colorado Review, the Notre Dame Review, The Cultural Society, Marsh Hawk Review, and the Chicago- based journal LVNG. He is the author of a chapbook, Not for You Alone (Dos Madres Press, 2004), LIFE IN THE ORDOVICIAN: SELECTED POEMS (Dos Madres Press, 2007), and FROM BEHIND THE BLIND (Dos Madres Press, 2013). He is a 2000 winner of the William Bronk Foundation prize for poetry. Robert Murphy is also executive editor and publisher of Dos Madres Press. He is married to the iconographer and painter Elizabeth Hughes Murphy, who is both book designer and illustrator for Dos Madres Press.

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