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Issue # 4 May 2011
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Most recently Mark A. Murphy's poems have appeared in Poetry New Zealand, Poetry Scotland, Quarterly Literary Review (Singapore), The Warwick Review (UK), Struggle (UK), Istanbul Literature Review (Turkey), Paris Atlantic Journal (France), Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria), Litspeak (Germany), Contemporary Literary Horizons (Romania), Munyori (India), Taj Mahal Review (India), The Tampa Review (US), Del Sol Review (US), Left Curve (US), The American Dissident (US), The Stinging Fly (Eire), Crannog Magazine (Eire) and on the deaddrunkdublin website.

Mark A. Murphy was born in the UK in 1969. He studied philosophy as an under-graduate and poetry as a post-graduate. His first full length collection, Night Watch Man & Muse is pending from Salmon Poetry (Eire) early in 2012.

Mark A. Murphy

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She speaks in foreign tongues
of what her body is capable in sand and sea,
and when she falls silent
the world falls silent with her.
And when her body ceases its rocking
the moon falls still
in its orbit and the sea tides
become motionless with and within her.

Only in dreams can you move inside her,
deeper and deeper still, beyond
the smell of scent and taste of nectar,
beyond the iris and the pupil
to that other plane of being, where the union of flesh
is never wanton, but always deliciously wrong.