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Issue # 7 May 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


I was born in the UK in 1969. I studied philosophy as an under-graduate and poetry as a post-graduate. My first full length collection, Night Watch Man & Muse is due out in 2013 from Salmon Poetry (Eire).

Mark A. Murphy

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Mr Mojo Risin'

Of all the poets in this city of the dead
I make my way to your grave.
I do not come for words, tears, rancour.

Dear friend, I came to tell you
if there is any comfort to be had,
anything at all, it is this...

out here on the edge of darkness
there is no death,

only freedom – all consuming freedom.
But then I guess you knew that.

Now a group of girls are laying flowers.

They are saying, 'cruel satyr
with your tongue on fire... why did you die?'

Satyr says nothing at all.