A HYBRID NOTEBOOK OF POETICS AND PORNOGRAPHIES

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This is a an imaginary diary of facts, confessions, or messages. This is a notebook of working but broken ideas, lines, images, notes on books I'm reading, writers I admire, and brief fantasies of language. Here unfiltered  all mannerings pseudo-private, publicized, ur-. Here I am art and unrevealed: poetic, political and pop. These are my moonlit rough beginnings and should not be taken literally, directly, truthfully, reliably, and none of it is legally binding. These lies are all choreographed, but only haphazardly. Beware.

23.7.07

A BOOK CALLED RATS























Friends and Strangers it's HERE! The reprint of my book of poems is finished and in my hands and it's just fabulous I absolutely LOVE it. Julio Galan's painting, No te vayas (1999) is one of my favorites and I'm really intensely grateful to his family for allowing me to use it for the cover after he died almost a year ago. . .

When the first edition came out I was too young. It went into a box under my bed and didn't tell anyone for months. This time it's a great shield, a door, my flag!

Plus it's the hottest cover out there--

6 comments:

greg rappleye said...

Miguel:

Congratulations.

It IS beautiful!

How can I buy one?

greg rappleye said...

Miguel:

Got it on Amazon!

Miguel Murphy said...

Thanks!

I don't know HOW you get up so early! There's a link under my profile BUY IT HERE, click on the phrase not the pic--that will take you right to the press website...

Anonymous said...

Will you go out with me if I buy your book?

Francisco Aragón said...

Miguel:

Congratulations. I look forward to getting a copy.

At some point, I'm going to be in touch with you about a project I'd like you to consider being a part of. Is there an e-mail where I can reach you. Eduardo gave it to me a few months ago, but I can't seem to find it.

Saludos,
Francisco

Alexis said...

Congratulations. The cover is stunning. Can't wait to get it!

My photo
I've got one foot in the grave and the other's in my mouth.

Poetry Disclaimer

My work has been awarded the Katherine C. Turner Prize from the Academy of American Poets, a Swarthout Award, and has twice been nominated and shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize. My first book, A Book Called Rats, was selected for the Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry (Eastern Washington University Press 2007). I'm curating editor for the online journal of poetry: PISTOLA and my poems and reviews most recently appear in Massachusetts Review, Beloit, Ploughshares and RAIN TAXI. I currently teach writing and literature at Santa Monica College in southern California.