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Down with the Ship

4.64 of 5 stars 4.64  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Poetry. DOWN WITH THE SHIP is Ryan Murphy's first full-length collection of poetry. A staff member at the Academy of American Poets in New York, Murphy's work echoes a few other poets who've haunted that fair city-names like Berrigan and Ceravolo come to mind-but this is no mere derivative exercise. With a fine ear for cadence and an eye for the odd and illuminating line b ...more
Paperback, 66 pages
Published January 28th 2006 by Otis Books/Seismicity Editions (first published January 2006)
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Open Loop Press
Ryan Murphy shows us the potential of the language collage. Evoking the Expressionist school of painting, Murphy distorts reality to enhance his poetry’s emotional effect. Though populated by the features of our familiar world, the world of his poems is parsed, fragmented, its disparate images lashed together with the bonds of lineation and lyric space.

“What black light
founders your words.
This ringing quiet.
Nostalgia debris in the shipyard.”

Murphy can trace his lineage to the juxtapositions in K
Casey Kiser
Let me just say, I don't like baseball. And so the sneaky incorporation of baseball into most of the poems seriously annoyed me. I had to read it several times because it got so many good reviews and I wanted to see what everyone else saw in this book. But I am not like everyone else and my brain is still pissed at me for putting it through this torture over and over. However, there were a couple of poems that surprised me including "The Matchbook Diaries" and "Ocean Park". But Ryan Murphy is ob ...more
I love this book, and I don't even like baseball.
I picked this up at a used book store - I had a mile-high pile and forced myself to whittle it down to some single-digit number. I was smart enough to take this one with me. I only wish it were fatter.

Ryan Murphy's Down with the Ship is featured at Sharkforum today (August 13th, 2007). To read a poems of his, visit
Oct 05, 2008 Ryan added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Oct 02, 2007 Melissa marked it as to-read
Ryan Murphy has a book out? That rocks! Congrats, Ryan.
C. Carrier
Brilliant, especially the poems for pitchers.
I love this book. I can't get enough of it.
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