sheila murphy

 

the or y

post this . e
qual
qual
ms
border o
n v or ac i o us
tinkering .
that s it

 

within the privacy of physical letters

shuttle-
cock rises -
cross the net
and falls re-
verses to
a sub-
set of e-
tern-
it-
y's mere
whisper ab-
sent color
muscles face
the mirror
muscles that
address chance
motion liking
say
the fusion
of a next
and nexus

 

a hundred million emails

all to say heylooknoticeIamhere
in one |
fell |
operative |
rush

logging that mix of long
ing
and sub
stance

as if to hope past
practice
that you'll warm
the treasured
if stalled heart

whatever
response
opposes
repose

the next flower equally real
as the current
one undamaged
left
to the imagination

 



Sheila Murphy

Sheila E. Murphy's book manuscript Letters to Unfinished J. was selected in this year's open poetry competition sponsored by Sun & Moon Press, and will be published by Sun & Moon. Dennis Phillips was the judge. Falling in Love Falling in Love With You Syntax: Selected and New Poems has just been released by Potes & Poets Press. Recent works include A Clove of Gender (Stride Press, 1995). Murphy's work has been widely anthologized, most recently in Fever Dreams: Contemp orary Arizona Poetry (The University of Arizona Press, 1997) and The Gertrude Stein Awards in Contemporary Poetry (Sun & Moon Press, 1994, 1995). The Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series recently brought out an autobiography of Sheila E. Murphy, including photographs of Murphy with family and friends.

Sheila Murphy co-founded with Beverly Carver and continues to coordinate the Scottsdale Center for the Arts Poetry Series, now in its eleventh season. Murphy is President of the management consulting firm Sheila Murphy Associates. Since 1976, she has made Phoenix, Arizona, her home.



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