Michelle Murphy's writing teeters into that satisfying and necessary place of hybridity which works the angles of poetry and prose. She writes: "No single vocabulary can worry us into revealing the weight of summer rain over a sentence, vowels riddled with dusk's blue shade." A lifelong San Franciscan who "learned poetry at City Lights", Murphy is the author of Jackknife & Light (Avec Books, 1998), which was shortlisted for the Pen West Award. Her work has appeared in journals all over the world, including Russia and Japan. Recently she’s been working on a new manuscript of poetry as well as translating the Russian poet Alexander Ulanov. Her translations of his work appear in Crossing Centuries: The New Wave in Russian Poetry (Talisman, 2000).
February 9, 2001