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Autobiographies in Space and Time by Christina Murphy

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ever-present hopes and fallacies
sparkling like so much stardust
in an infinity of perspectives;
from the outset, nothing prepares us
for the haze of ambiguity
that adheres to experience and brings us
to our destinations and our knees
in the undertow of reality,
existence is splintered by longing
and given over to the middle ground
of acceptance, devoid of passion
and dulled by desperation;
the break from encasement & flame
shapes our longing into recognition until
what is fruitless to one heart is meaningful
in another vision / another history
in the mirror of desire,
our mouths and hearts open,
we pull against the force of similitude,
unaware of our fragmentation,
yet moving, moving, ever on,
until the path we make becomes
our reflection and our shadow—
indelible, inchoate, redolent with loss,
trembling before the darkness / awaiting the light

Christina Murphy lives and writes in a 100 year-old Arts and Crafts style house along the Ohio River. Her poetry is an exploration of consciousness as subjective experience, and her most recent work appears in PANK, La Fovea, StepAway Magazine, Pear Noir!, and Humanimalz. The poets she most admires are Jorie Graham, John Ashbery, and Jane Hirshfield for their undaunted (and impeccable) sense of the interrelationship of language, imagery, and consciousness. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for the 2012 Best of the Net Anthology.

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