Welcome to my website mishmurphy.com. (If you want to know why I call myself mishmurphy, go to MENU, click on HOME, and read the Blog for September 9 entitled “Where the name ‘Mish’ comes from.”)
Please read the descriptions of the books I’ve reviewed and consider buying these books—they come highly recommended! (I don’t get anything from anyone to plug these books. I do it because I’ve studied them and really dig them.)
Cultural Weekly—Review of AS REAL AS RAIN by John Yamrus and Janne Karlsson. This is a handsome, over-sized, illustrated poetry book. The poet is internationally famous and praised for his accessibility, pithiness, and sense of humor. The dog poems are not to be missed.
Glass—Review of The Laura Poems by Juliet Cook. The “Laura” in the title of the book is Laura Palmer from the TV series Twin Peaks (the original series). The poems in this chapbook are dark and weird and altogether fascinating. You don’t have to be a Twin Peaks fan to enjoy these spooky gems.
Arsenic Lobster—Review forthcoming of Cutting Eyes from Ghosts by Ariana Den Bleyker.These highly atmospheric poems are about how the dead relate to the living—and vice versa. This chapbook is a collector’s item, beautifully handmade.
Rain Taxi—Review of Aperture by Anna Leahy. The poet takes on the persona of a number of women, some ordinary, some famous—Mary Todd Lincoln, for example. Leahy probes inner landscapes of these women’s minds with devastating—and occasionally hilarious or piteous—effect.
Review of Never Made in America: Selected Poems from Martin Barea Mattos, forthcoming, instant classic translated by Mark Statman, who is famous for his translations of Lorca. I’m studying Barea Mattos now.
Review of Under the Kaufman’s Clock by Angele Ellis (poetry and flash fiction/Rebe Clever (Photography), forthcoming—A hybrid poetry/fiction/photo book that’s pure genius and that has something for everybody, with a feminist twist and seasoned with humor.