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Killing the Murnion Dogs

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In five dream cycles, Killing the Murnion Dogs investigates place, memory, and ruin. Though there are no answers here, the poems themselves become a kind of testament, small acts of creation and re-creation that afford a weary, hard-won hope.
Paperback, 65 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Black Lawrence Press
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Kristen Gunther
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fuck yeah.
Tim Applegate
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a superb collection of honest, earthy, authentic poems. Whether evoking a classroom in the Mississippi delta, a liquor store in Memphis, or a drought in eastern Montana where he was born and raised, Joe Wilkins understands how landscapes shape and mold hearts and minds. The title poem is a wonder: the tenderness in the midst of the carnage is deeply humane.
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Taking the Time to Dust Off the Surface

Joe Wilkins may be presenting his first collection of published poetry with KILLING THE MURMION DOGS, but his voice is so sure, so informed, so able to dodge the detritus of gimmickry to convey his thoughts that he feels like an old soul, a poet who has been whispering to us for years and we just haven't noticed. In this is powerful work we encounter a man who faces life straight on, taking into account every feather and clod that build his atmospheric inve
Tammy Dominguez
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of meeting Joe in Jackson and even attending a seminar with him. I love his style of writing, and even if I didn't understand the meaning of each and every poem, I found a nugget that I could relate to.
I took a long time reading the book at work. I would read a poem or two most days on break. It was like having a treat and savoring it for later enjoyment.
I especially appreciated wondering almost throughout the entire book what inspired the title.
Some of my favorite lines:
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I first found Joe Wilkins in the pages of The Sun and then sought out his work, finally getting to read a whole book!

Here is my mini-review at Escape Into Life:

And here is his feature there (with scary art):

where you can read 5 poems from the book as a sampler! "How to Bring Down Rain" is the pre-poem to the whole, before the italicized, unpunctuated "Dreams of Home" that divide the book into sections; as a pre-poem
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: poems-poetry
I liked Ragged Point Road much better than this book. I really cannot explain why that is as I really have no good idea myself. This book does have several poems from the chapbook, including some that I really like. But, somehow, as a whole it does not work for me as well as Ragged Point Road did. Perhaps in a year or so I will reread them and switch the order in which I read them so as to get a different perspective. I made sure to insert some other poetry in between reading these two books so ...more
Sep 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked this book. Some poems were better than others. Some poems I really liked. Some I almost skimmed through. Some started to sound all the same. Some were original. I'd probably do 2.5 stars on this book. I liked "Ragged Point Road" better, but I still enjoyed this book. I am not normally a big poetry reader, so perhaps that is a little bit of my ambivelance.
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love these poems. Midwest. South. Teacher. Wise.
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A solid book of poetry. He gave a voice to things that I see, and try to write about, in the Delta daily.
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Joe Wilkins was born and raised north of the Bull Mountains, out on the Big Dry of eastern Montana. His debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, speaks to the struggle, violence, and care Joe knew growing up in the rural West, and his memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, captures the lives of boys and men in that desolate country, a place that shapes the people who live there and rarely lets them ...more