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THE GEORGIA REVIEW was right on target when it said that Murphy's poems are 'confident, surprising, and smart...entertaining [and] thought- provoking' and that she 'elevates the anecdotal to an artform.' A less sophisticated reader may miss the subtle epistemological questions and issues presented by these poems. The subject matter varies widely, from Descartes to 'Studies,' a poem that deals with the clinical and emotional effects of Alzheimer's disease. The title poem is a tour de force. Here's a teaser (in more ways than one!): 'There's a fine/ line between causal/ and casual./ Her spaghetti strap/ hesistates on her/ shoulder like/ an unanswered/ question. He is/ thinking 'lingerie'/ is the perfect/ word: 'linger'/ all dolled up/ in French perfume./ Linger with/ an attitude./ 'Linger' like the/ finger that will/ help her silk camisole/ make up its mind...' (from 'Science of Desire,' p. 51)
All of the poetry in this first book by Erin Murphy is thought provoking, but 'Studies', which was nominated for the 2004 Pushcart Prize, is a must read. If you ever knew any family who was touched by this devastating illness, you will find this piece profound.