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A Book Called Rats: Poems

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Winner of the Blue Lynx Prize

Recipient of a Swarthout Award and an Academy of American Poets Prize, as well as the Blue Lynx Prize,
Paperback, 110 pages
Published August 24th 2005 by Lynx House Press (first published 2003)
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Superstition Review
Containing many dark themes, Miguel Murphy writes his poetry with a stark voice that makes for a refreshing read. Much of his work in A Book Called Rats is filled with blunt imagery that will make the reader read on in amazement. This collection transcends all poetry especially with unique subject matter, like the mute son who lives with three mythological sisters. Each stanza is so visually stimulating, it takes a moment to absorb. Because of this, one of the most defining characteristics in th ...more
Patricia Murphy
Aug 03, 2016 Patricia Murphy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I know Miguel through mutual friends, and he also sent me some wonderful poems for Superstition Review . I have read this book before and I am revisiting it today as part of my writing practice.

I love the raw surprises in this book--the phrases that go opposite from what I expect. I’m also uniquely drawn to the characters--the sister, the lover, the mother, Old Man Ankles, who all do so much work to reflect the mindset of the speaker. We get deep emotion, yet the tone is never too heavy becaus
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