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In Rare Form

From the November 2018 Print Edition

Devotions by timothy murphy north dakota state, 192 pages, $24.95 Not a knee is padded in Timothy Murphy’s new collection. This is no minor point, considering that knee remains for the length of the volume perpetually bent and on the floor. Like the poet himself, these ­poems—religious . . . . Continue Reading »

One Brother Suffers

From the February 2016 Print Edition

(for my sons)One brother suffers, and another brother—and then a third—is standing by his side.This is the surest sign to any motherby which her sons can be identified.Not eyes of blue that make a sibling’s match;nor cow-licked hair that sports the same brown curl;not that they all watch films . . . . Continue Reading »

Triolet

From the February 2013 Print Edition

Believing in the Eucharist, My faith affirmed within the Host, I welcome”with an upturned wrist, Believing in the Eucharist” These elements, to take amidst The Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Believing in the Eucharist, My faith affirmed within the Host. . . . . Continue Reading »

Despair

From the April 2011 Print Edition

She’s not the special one you thought would need protection till the end. She feeds on quarrel when it’s fraught with rude clichés meant to offend. You have conceived and borne a whore who won’t defend you, on her bed. Eve’s fruit”sweet juice and rancid core” . . . . Continue Reading »