Sheila E. Murphy

Sheila E. Murphy

Sheila E. Murphy has had three books appear in 2018: Reporting Live from You Know Where (winner of the Hay(na)ku Poetry Book Award from Meritage Press and xpress(ed) Press; As if to Tempt the Diatonic Marvel from the Ivory (Broken Sleep Books), and Underscore (with K.S.Ernst) from Luna Bisonte Prods. Murphy resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

How is it possible the sky
Can shine across the river
Anymore, the heart beat
Purely as the distance from a grave?

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I was picturing the perfect hammock as an antidote to the mercurial endowment of the speaker’s eyes that skittered toward targets of greed. I saw firm feeling held between strong trees.

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without relinquishing hope
            even a sliver that defies
                        dark sky          guarding
    person from poisonous

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There is no such thing as weather. On the off-chance that it rains, I will remember the indelible mark upon a winter pond where we would skate to music in our heads. The lamp of God was healing to a water deeper than some misplaced months.

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