Sheila E. Murphy
<Noon's a Way
of Thinking Through Olfactory and Other Dovetailed Correspondences>
She wings. That's
lunch. I think to grace
Naturally, you are
Obvious to taste.
A plant is grace-lined
at least twice in my vernacular. That's a posse.
A routine navigable
foray into prompt descriptus vortifies the fortext
norming its way forward is forewarned.
It's dubious, this
ingrained filter of delivery. As plain as rocks.
So then divide it,
us, envelope strings, patchwork. Watch (from) the tip
of mountain (and) be relegated to a glad tone. Timed.
Is this not really
I thought the furniture
a joust into the color gray.
She tithed even in
winter I am hungry now to meet her.
Even spring. The
regulation caveat. The slumber happening in heaps.
animosiverdant shiver granules plock
into my corvair with the wind
many of your shares are dimgood obvious
though some are filed
under the letter
waives nearknown wood from
habit screech as any mobile
whimmer glaphs crypt's
amuck is standly
-more thus -road
the lavish ought
removed once from
the peppy though indigenous
thou to I in factors
sweet less musings
thug their way through
I'm on your case
your pins and needles
is sharing for?
<how are you organized?>
are there homonyms amid your pearly feathers?
do you buy in to
the thought of drapes?
whose idea was this
inventory listing you so readily
release before full contemplation?
how many employees
do you mentally let go before you
hire a soul?
if branches make
percussion on your window do you find
yourself against the concept of percussion?
what about invented
lakes? inverted ones?
are you the sort
of person who endears herself to salt
licks and then swallows antidotal opulence?
how important is
immersion versus brush against a
are stories part
of your career?
do you like bullets
more than longhand prose?
if a pen you liked
were blue what would you do about
the red ones?
merely arranged plain facts?
would you call yourself
in favor of control amid
temptation not to be in full control?
have you in recent
memory recalled something you can
which daisies do
you prefer: cardboard or yellow ones?
on the matter of
enlightened love, do you read me with
your glasses on?
E. Murphy recently
performed her poetry for Lit City in New Orleans. In 2000, she presented
a series of readings and workshops at the Arvon Foundation at Totleigh-Barton,
Devon, in the UK, in addition to performing at the third annual
Boston Poetry Conference. In 1999, she was a featured performer
at the annual Brisbane Writers Festival in Queensland, Australia.
Murphy has authored numerous books of poetry, most recently The
Stuttering of Wings (Stride Press, UK, 2002), and The Indelible
Occasion (Potes & Poets Press, 2000). Books scheduled for publication
include Recent Flute Silences from SUN/gemini Press and Green
Tea with Ginger (Potes & Poets Press). She and Beverly Carver
co-founded the Scottsdale Center for the Arts Poetry Series and
served as coordinators for 12 years. The series continues under
the direction of Carolyn Robbins, Curator of Education, at the Scottsdale
(Arizona) Museum of Contemporary Arts. In 1996, Murphy's Letters
to Unfinished J. won the New American Poetry Series Open Competition.
The book is scheduled to appear from Sun & Moon Press.