Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms

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Glimpse is a book of 409 aphorisms, a form that straddles the line between poetry and philosophy, yet is likely more accessible to the general public than either. Each tiny, crafted piece is not simply a distilled poem or a pre- poem or a poem explained, but rather a crystallized poetic essence — an attempt at getting closer to, and preserving, the poetic moment or epiphany by capturing the first thoughts generated during the impulse to speak rather than the thought long held ...
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Overview


Glimpse is a book of 409 aphorisms, a form that straddles the line between poetry and philosophy, yet is likely more accessible to the general public than either. Each tiny, crafted piece is not simply a distilled poem or a pre- poem or a poem explained, but rather a crystallized poetic essence — an attempt at getting closer to, and preserving, the poetic moment or epiphany by capturing the first thoughts generated during the impulse to speak rather than the thought long held and worked and shaped.
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Editorial Reviews

Globe and Mail
Reading Murray engenders thoughts subtly mystical, feelings revolving around the wonder of imperfection. . . . the language of these poems is aggressive, even hostile, meant to engage the reader in debate and discourse. Traditional sonnets these are not.
National Post
[The] poet's instincts, the knack for turning a good phrase, and the verbal grit and suppleness to keep the reader engaged. . . . an important talent.
Scene Magazine
[W]hile it only takes an hour-or-so to devour this book, the benefits . . . are certain to remain with readers long after the text is completed.
Quill & Quire
Murray is one of the few poets publishing aphorisms in English today, and Glimpse proves he is also one of the best . . . we get a glimpse into the soul of a man–eloquent, wry, contradictory, profound.
Broken Pencil
Murray is the kind of poet Canada needs way more of: a Kung Fu Buddhist who walks his own pet.
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"Traditional sonnets these are not, . . . [the] poems  . . . are striking, inspired, and sturdy.”  —Globe and Mail

"Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms, George Murray: shld appeal to T-folks: short! sharp! salty & sweet!"   —Margaret Atwood, Twitter.com

"An engaging little package of 409 aphorisms. . . . Murray may have come up with the ideal poetic form for the age of Twitter. It’s easy to breeze through its bite-sized witticisms in a sitting. And yet, what’s perhaps a bit surprising is that the book continues to yield enjoyment, and a sense of discovery, on rereading."  —Toronto Star

"Every aphorism calls out to us, like the last line from some beautiful, but imaginary, poem."  —Christian Bök, poet, Eunoia

"He has the poet's instincts, the knack for turning a good phrase, and the verbal grit and suppleness to keep the reader engaged. . . . an important talent."  —National Post

"[W]hile it only takes an hour-or-so to devour this book, the benefits . . . are certain to remain with readers long after the text is completed.”  —Scene Magazine

"Where are we? Where Wilde and Socrates and Thoreau and Groucho Marx, toddlers all, sit together on the floor and mix toes and fingers. High-rise axioms. Murray is as philosophically as he is humorously exact: what more can one ask of a ‘glimpse’?  —Paul Durcan, poet, Daddy, Daddy

"Murray is one of the few poets publishing aphorisms in English today, and Glimpse proves he is also one of the best. . . . we get a glimpse into the soul of a man–eloquent, wry, contradictory, profound."  —Quill & Quire

Christian Bok
Every aphorism calls out to us, like the last line from some beautiful, but imaginary, poem.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550229813
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 90
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

George Murray is an award-winning poet whose collected works include The Hunter and The Rush to Here. He has been widely anthologized and has published poems and fiction in international journals and magazines. He is a former poetry editor for the Literary Review of Canada, is a contributing editor for several journals and the Globe and Mail, and is the editor of the popular literary website Bookninja.com. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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