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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

MobyLives (the whale is out there, man!) is back

My favorite publishing news-commentary site is back!!


Wry, fun, and accurate- how else can I describe it? Go read!

There's poetry tonight:

Poetry Reading
Rich Murphy
Thursday, October 30th
7 – 9 pm
Barnes & Noble @ VCU

Rich Murphy has taught creative writing in Boston area colleges for many years. He now teaches at VCU. His credits include three chapbooks and a book of poems The Apple in the Monkey Tree by Codhill Press. His poems have appeared in Rolling Stone, Poetry, Grand Street, and The London Magazine.

Derek Walcott has remarked “Mr. Murphy is a very careful craftsman in his work, a patient and testing intelligence, one of those writers who knows precisely what he wants his style to achieve. His poetry is quiet but packed, carefully wrought, not surrealistically wild, and its range not limited but deliberately narrow. It takes aim.” Poet Rane Arroyo has written of Family Secret, “Sometimes I feel sorry for hetero writers! So much of their relationships are prescribed and the challenge is up to the artist to present relationships in a new way without destroying expectations. I’m happy to say Rich Murphy ignores all these directives as nonsense. His poems are maps of complicated straight lovers; the keys to this book are the strict use of language and love of discovery.”

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