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American Ghazals By Sheila E. Murphy
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The pieces in this collection represent a selection of works written as ‘American Ghazals,’ based upon the distinctly American idiom in which the pieces have been developed. The more I... More > read the form in translation and in English, the more apparent the fit of pivotal shifts in language, thought, and content. The American ghazal offers rich practice, replete with political, social, psychological, and meditative states that redefine perceptions in a new century.—Sheila E. Murphy< Less
Quaternity By Scott Glassman, Sheila E. Murphy
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Quaternity asks the reader to trust in words—the word itself and not what it supposedly signifies. For the word itself can be a musical note and can suffice (more than suffice!) that certain... More > combinations sing. The dictionary bows to Scott Glassman and Sheila Murphy's seductive diction: "No curve to infinity can mimic bells."—Eileen Tabios These collaborative pages elaborate vocal colors and chord-changing arrangements of sensory elision: musics of meaning. Quaternity is "lubrication-lit," aglow with the sensual pleasure of its making. Glassman and Murphy court rapture "where frogleaps suture kismet vines."—Tom Beckett In Quaternity, Glassman and Murphy cease to make the usual "third thing" of collaboration—art and meaning immanent in shared composition—the end. Let the third be words and process, this material book, or tent camping, and start the box step waltz of four: author, author, writing, lunge.—Catherine Daly< Less

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