A perfect volume for the seeker and philosopher,
this third collection from poet Joseph
Murphy offers portrayals of day-to-day experiences
viewed through the spiritual lens of
Many of the images are based on the combination
of a Zen Koan (a paradox that asks
one to abandon a dependence on reason to
reach a higher spiritual awareness) and Surrealist
imagery, in the Twentieth Century
French and Spanish traditions.
This stunning new collection, by poet Joseph
Murphy, offers not only a place to dwell for
the philosophical seeker, but it points the
reader towards a deeply nourishing journey
of the soul … Through beautiful and engaging
imagery, Murphy honors the energy and
presence of the natural world … Murphy reminds
us to be both humbled by our place
here and amazed by the sheer wonder of existence,
when he writes, “We are the garden,
the gardener and neither.”
— Cristina M. R. Norcross
Editor, Blue Heron Review
About the Author
Joseph Murphy has been published in a wide
range of print and online journals.
He is the author of two pervious poetry collections,
Having Lived and Crafting Wings.
A new collection, The Shaman Speaks, is
forthcoming from Middle Creek Publishing.
Murphy is a member of the Colorado Authors’
League and for eight years (2010–18) was
poetry editor for an online literary publication,
Halfway Down the Stairs.
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