FALL 2007


FALL 2007

Stephen Murray


This must be
Where the modern dream basks
Beneath the fading flame of the forest
Where crows play their black violins
With broken bows ‘neath flightless wings
Here sorrow screams; breathless curdles
Twist in sick with toxin seas
Where blows the summers rabid breeze
Snarls the sky to bring salvation
Crashing to its knees
Where moths whisper the darkest secrets
Of butterflies and men
To the crumbling of the moon
In the belly of the night
Bitter as bile is sour as spite
Here gently chuckles streams of idiom
Rhetorical reverie congealed in blood
A miscarriage of the modern dream
Coagulating in the mud

Born in Dublin and educated in London, Stephen Murray was twice a runner up in The WHSmith and Observer UK Young Writer of the Year Awards. In 2006 he published a joint collection with Cork poet Neil McCarthy, published by Maverick Press. He currently lives, works and writes in Galway, Ireland.



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