poems by Joseph Murphy
Joseph Murphy's fourth collection, inspired by personal experience, reveals the poet's lifelong commitment to attending to life's moments and examining their place within his spiritual journey. In this volume of authentic inspiration for the seeker and philosopher, Murphy writes of his experiences with hope, love, memories, dreams, grief, and death.
POETRY / General
ISBN: 978-1-956056-10-5 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Copyright 2021; released October 2021
Joseph Murphy’s work has appeared in numerous print and online literary journals, and he has authored four previous poetry collections: The Shaman Speaks (Middle Creek Publishing, 2019), Shoreline of the Heart (Shanti Arts, 2019), Having Lived (Kelsay Books, 2018), and Crafting Wings (Scars Publications, 2017). He is a member of the Colorado Authors’ League and for eight years was poetry editor for a New Zealand-based online literary publication, Halfway Down the Stairs.
“Joseph Murphy’s new collection, Another Language, covers a lifetime of passionate pursuits, rising from both the heart and the soul. His imagery, sometimes surreal and other times more concrete, lends his poems a dreamlike quality, slipping in and out of reality but never out of the truth. The volume is divided into four sections, with the first three reflecting a mature spiritual journey with the Buddha and later his pursuit to regain a lost lover. The final section includes poems from a much earlier time, recounting a rocky romantic experience from his twenties. All these poems, being autobiographically inspired, reveal a writer who has looked back on the most painful and ecstatic turns in his life and examined them honestly under the lens of what the poet George Seferis termed ‘Another Language.’”
—Anita Jepson-Gilbert, President, Columbine Poets of Colorado
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