Friday, July 30, 2010

Received - Glimpse:Selected Aphorisms, by George Murray

"Every aphorism calls out to us, like the last line from some beautiful, but imaginary poem." Christian Bok

"Murray is as philosophically as he is humourously exact: what more can one ask of a glimpse?" -- Paul Dorcan

"Glimpse :Selected Aphorisms (ECW Press, September 2010) is a book of 409 aphorisms, a form that straddles the line between poetry and philosophy, yet is more accessible to the general public than either. Each deceptively tiny aphorism allows the reader a glimpse at an original poetic moment. These are not simply distilled poems, pre-poems, or poems explained; rather, each of them represents a crystallized essence, the truth at the heart of a poem that requires it to be written. Murray captures first thoughts generated by the impulse to write, rather than those thoughts long held and worked and shaped."

"The only thing permanent enough to remain is the time after life, which comes and never ends, unlike that which came before and during." -- from Glimpse

George Murray's four books of poetry include The Rush to Here (Nightwood, 2007) and Hunter (McClelland and Stewart, 2003). He has been widely anthologized and has published poems and fiction in journals and magazines in Canada and the United Statres, Australia and Europe. He lives in St. John's Newfoundland and is the editor of the popular literary website

Glimpse will be reviewed on this site in September.

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