Two more poems from Rich Murphy

Today’s Story Hour

Tooth-fairy agnostics wear calluses
on atheist funny bones.

While the choir harmonizes
spare change with children at play,
the fence-sitting cracks up
a dumpy hump at Notre Dame.

But the homage-paying chumps
bury beneath a leather pillow
any white-picket smile
on a sad scientist who won’t
turn back on fact for fancy.

The angel feathers resting heads
on delusion never tickle
reasonable people. The thinkers
tinker titanium by the closet door
until the doubters forge ahead.

Fixed Menu

Caked on plates,
food finishes feasters.
Shovelers earn early:
feed the furnace
and walk around the holes in the ground.
The payoff promises to go on forever
with daily investments
in executive bathrooms.

Good luck sacrificed
to the scavenger gods.
Good luck sacrificed
to the scavenger gods.

Mutton gluttons sop up the fat;
fishy family members
break the ice on conversation,
while vegan pork chops
munch on bunches.
Dirty dishes dig grave grooves
and grimaces into parties
well until the evening.

Just desserts wait on tables
to make room in the inn.
The last belches from plastic containers
lay the hedonists low,
and restive eaters squirm
to celebrate steaks in the land.

About Rich Murphy

The Apple in the Monkey Tree (Codhill Press) was Rich's first book. His second book Voyeur was published in 2009 (Award Winner 2008, Gival Press). Chapbooks include Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books), Phoems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox), Rescue Lines (Right Hand Pointing) and Great Grandfather (Pudding House Publications). Recent poetry may be found in Pennsylvania Review, Fjord Review, Otoliths, Epiphany, Euphony, The Straddler, James Dickey Review, and Trespass. Recent prose scholarship on poetics has been published in Imaginary Syllabus, Anthology chapters, Palm Press, Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, The International Journal of the Humanities, Fringe Magazine, Reconfigurations: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics, The Journal of Ecocriticism, Folly Magazine, Imaginary Syllabus, (Palm Press), and “Reading Wisdoms: Mick Jagger, W.B.Yeats, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak” will be published by New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. Derek Walcott has remarked for the cover of Rich's book Voyeur: “Mr. Murphy is a very careful craftsman in his work, a patient and testing intelligence, one of those writers who knows precisely what he wants his style to achieve. His poetry is quiet but packed, carefully wrought, not surrealistically wild, and its range not limited but deliberately narrow. It takes aim.” Erin McKnight’s review may be read at Prick of the Spindle: Alvin Malpaya’s review may be read at Rattle Janelle Adsit’s review in The Pedestal Magazine may be read at Erica Goss’ review may be found in Main Street Rag, winter 2010 issue. “Body of Evidence” was 2011finalist Eudaimonia Poetry Review Chapbook Prize, and “Crib Sheets” was 2011 finalist Teacher’s Voice Poetry Chapbook Prize. I live in Marblehead, MA.

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