Thanks for this post Andrew - I love your description of reading these poems
and will look out the book myself. The meeting of mystery and understanding
seems to me an insightful reflection about poetry.
On 11/10/2008, andrew burke <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Today, I'm excited about reading Sheila Murphy's COLLECTED CHAPBOOKS (Blue
> Lion Books, 2008). It arrived about a week ago and, due to work pressure,
> I've only got around to it in the last couple of days - a small virus has
> made me lie down so I've been reading (oh, luxury!). What this book is
> for me is letting me follow Sheila's poetic as it has evolved from Virtuoso
> Bird 1981 to Heresiarch 2002. Robert Duncan once wrote, 'There is a natural
> mystery in poetry. We do not understand all that we render up to
> understanding.' This is true, and one part of me celebrates this mystery,
> while another part of me tries to explain. So I journey, slowly, through
> Sheila's poems delighting in their unqiueness but also, as a poet myself,
> trying to learn tricks to progress my own writing.
> I ordered mine through Lulu. There may be quicker ways for those of you
> nearer to the source. I recommend it heartily.