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Letters to Unfinished J.by Sheila Murphy
Synopses & Reviews
Prose. Poetry. Selected by Dennis Phillips for the 2001 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award, LETTERS TO UNFINISHED J. is comproised of 66 "letters," composed from 1994-1996, in which poet Shelia Murphy further establishes herself as a major author of the prose poem. Her text is equally at home in depths and surfaces that conjoin as she excavates and questions at multiple levels. Unexpected images, perceptions, and word combinations emerge, resulting often in political and societal critiques. Each of the letters is tightly composed, hightly concentrated, and fraught with motion.
Winner of the 2001 Gertrude Stein Award for Poetry, selected by Dennis Phillips.
Winner of the 2001 Gertrude Stein Award, Letters to Unfinished J., selected by Dennis Phillips, reveals a fresh writing infused with a particularly American tone. These short, numbered prose poems, often "twirl on the tongue, [as] most active verbs [are] replenished by something garni." Here place and being in the American space surrounds the poems.
Sheila Murphy's writing is infused with a particularly American tone; these short, numbered prose poems, often "Twirl on the tongue, as most active verbs are replenished by something garni." There is a true sense of place and being in the American space that surrounds Murphy's poems as the Florentine remands "Popeye to involuntary punches held close to the chest.
About the Author
Sheila Murphy has written several works of poetry, and been pubilshed in numerous magazines. Among her books are Tommy and Neil, Teth, Sad Isn't the Color of the Dream, and With House Silence. She edited The Literature of Work: Short Stories, Essays, and Poems by Men and Women of Business, published by the University of Phoenix Press. With Beverly Carver, she coordinates the Scottsdale Center for the Arts Poetry series.
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