A Book Called Rats

A Book Called Rats

by Miguel Murphy

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597660174
Publisher: Eastern Washington University Press
Publication date: 08/28/2006
Series: Lynx House Book Series
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The recipient of a Swarthout Award and an Academy of American Poets Prize, MIGUEL MURPHY is an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame's Phoenix Institute and holds an MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University. His poems and review appear in Rain Taxi, Blackbird, Hayden's Ferry Review, and others. He lives in Venice Beach, California, and teaches at Santa Monica College.

Table of Contents

A Book Called Rats
Rogozhin on the Mountain
Capricorn
The Opposite of a Man
Goddess of the Hunt
The Goddamn Lover
Death and Dog Cell
The Soloist
Confession of a Mad Adolescent

The Mute in the House of Shrieks
Incantation for an Illness
Meal at Redondo Beach Pier
Acoustic
Self-Love in the Bestiary
The Worm of It Eating
The Captain of the Black Boat
Damp Bird: A Visit
In the Garden of This Night
The Maestro Instructs the Boy
Hemoglobin—Goodbye
Charcharadon
The Second Sleep

Choking on a Piece of Soap
The Bliss Meal
Grabbing from the Pocket of the Body's Salt and Rain
The University Investigation into My Classroom Pedagogy
Somniloquy
Necromancing
Who Will Get Drunk and Tell Me?
Cafecito Gets Sick
All My Life There Is a Morning After the Vacation
University Romance

Cephalopod
But These
Carnivalesque
Metaphor and the Penis
Bondage
Love Like Auto-Sodomy
He-Goat, Beast of Secret Pleasures
The Joy Grackle
Glory
Oh Dove
A Brief Goodbye
Homesick
The Devil's Arm
Suddenness the Evening
Lament of the Rain God, Chac

What People are Saying About This

Rigoberto Gonzalez

"As a text that inspires a modern-day Pied Piper who will dazzle and lure innocence away from the unsuspecting victim . . . A Book Called Rats will make the meek flinch with its romance to violence, but few will negate the power of its imagery and the direct address to the flesh as predator and prey."

Michael Heffernan

A scrappy, outrageous, inventive collection that should leap off the shelf and keep inviting itself into the hands of readers hungry for new poetry.

Alberto Ríos

"Miguel Murphy's always exceptional poems show his work with characterization is invariably interesting and often surprising, perhaps even to the poet himself, finding a symbiosis with contemporary narrative that is both compelling and disturbing. Consistently singular, edgy, and haunting, these pieces operate best at an intuitive level, giving the reader something that gets under the skin. The struggles in these poems are literarily courageous ones."

Beckian Fritz Goldberg

"A Book Called Rats is a stunning collection, full of dark eroticism and haunting images that pull the reader into a world both beautiful and dangerous. The human condition doesn't change, but suddenly, in this sensuous, charged book with its perfect music, we are fascinated anew."

Rigoberto González

"As a text that inspires a modern-day Pied Piper who will dazzle and lure innocence away from the unsuspecting victim . . . A Book Called Rats will make the meek flinch with its romance to violence, but few will negate the power of its imagery and the direct address to the flesh as predator and prey."

Alberto Rios

"Miguel Murphy's always exceptional poems show his work with characterization is invariably interesting and often surprising, perhaps even to the poet himself, finding a symbiosis with contemporary narrative that is both compelling and disturbing. Consistently singular, edgy, and haunting, these pieces operate best at an intuitive level, giving the reader something that gets under the skin. The struggles in these poems are literarily courageous ones."

Albert Rios

Miguel Murphy's always exceptional poems are invariably interesting and often surprising, perhaps even to himself, finding a symbiosis with contemporary narrative that is both compelling and disturbing. Consistently singular, edgy, and haunting, these pieces operate best at an intuitive level, giving the reader something that gets under the skin. The struggles in these poems are literally courageous ones.

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