Mish (Eileen) Murphy

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Stronger in the Broken Places: Review of Katerina Canyon’s Surviving Home

Why are some people monsters? Why? Katerina Canyon’s speaker in her brilliant, moving poetry collection Surviving Home tells us something about monsters. When Canyon chose the word “surviving“ for part of the title of this collection, she was not using a metaphor and not exaggerating. In “I Am the Complete Secret,” the speaker says, “I …

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Review of …this just in… by Bill Cushing

“After months of zombie hunts and wangling / the Morton Salt Girl went postal” (“THIS JUST IN”). I was lazing in my quarantine-induced cocoon when Bill Cushing’s chapbook …this just in… pierced my cone of silence with powerful poetic updates about the outside world. The book is subtitled: “A poetic journal of news stories, fake …

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Conversation with Poet-Teacher-Humanitarian Alan Britt

Recently, I was privileged to interview distinguished post-modern poet Alan Britt (“AB”) by email for Cultural Daily. I was introduced to Britt’s writing when, knowing nothing about him personally, I favorably reviewed his previous poetry collection Gunpower for Single Ball Poems (Rain Taxi, June 2021, print edition). We’ve become acquaintances since then, and when I …

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“All My Dead Say Grace”: Review of Unholy Heart by Grace Bauer

Because I could not stop for Death – He kindly stopped for me – The Carriage held but just Ourselves – And Immortality. —Emily Dickinson Unholy Heart by Grace Bauer is an enchanting collection that captivated me from the start and never stopped. It is a “best of” book featuring selected poems from Bauer’s five …

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“My Letter to the World”: Conversation with Angele Ellis

Angele Ellis is a Pittsburgh-based writer of poetry, flash fiction/short stories, essays, and book reviews. She also is an editor and activist. A prolific writer with numerous publications, she has written two books that stand out. First is her poetry collection Arab on Radar (Six Gallery Press). These are poems of identity and family, of …

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Claiming Poetry: Conversation with Brenda Joyce Patterson

“I’m not sure that I’ve overcome all of the obstacles to become a poet. All I know is that I decided to claim poetry and I haven’t looked back.” — Brenda Joyce Patterson * Our intrepid Associate Poetry Editor Mish (Eileen) Murphy recently talked with poet Brenda Joyce Patterson by email and face-to-face. Mish explains: I …

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Review: Hawaiian Shirts in the Electric Chair REDUX by Scott Laudati

  you look back and realize you made all the wrong friends. dated all the wrong girls. said i love you to all the wrong people. (“2 a.m. or dawn” 140) The speaker in Scott Laudati’s new-to-many collection Hawaiian Shirts in the Electric Chair REDUX is a young man facing the normal problems of his …

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