Sheila E. Murphy
Winter’s psyche tests impulse to speak, to think, to seek a wellspring from within. We are all we have, to form mundane hosannas. Tears showcase those unaccustomed to kind treatment that spawn having, doing, keeping. Now I lay me down to weather’s gray intolerance. To reject the null hypothesis I must have dreamed.
Spare feeling, semitones, an eastern view of intervals
About the writer:
Sheila E. Murphy is an American text and visual poet who has been writing and publishing actively since 1978. She is the recipient of the Gertrude Stein Award for her book Letters to Unfinished J. (Green Integer Press, 2003). Murphy is known for working in forms including ghazals, haibun, and pantoums in her individual writing. As an active collaborator, she has worked with numerous writers in long poems spanning multiple volumes. Murphy’s visual work, both individual and collaborative, is shown in galleries and in private collections. Initially trained in instrumental and vocal music, her work is often associated with music in its language and rhythmic pulse. Murphy earns her living as an organizational consultant, speaker, and researcher and holds the PhD degree. She has lived in Phoenix, Arizona throughout her adult life..
Image: Untitled abstract painting by Sheila Murphy.
Portrait: Courtesy Sheila Murphy