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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 ...more
Paperback, 66 pages
Published January 28th 2006 by Otis Books - Seismicity Editions (first published January 2006)
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Open Loop Press
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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
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S.
Dec 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Simone
Jul 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing

Ryan Murphy's Down with the Ship is featured at Sharkforum today (August 13th, 2007). To read a poems of his, visit
http://www.sharkforum.org/
Casey Kiser
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
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There were a couple of poems that surprised me including "The Matchbook Diaries" and "Ocean Park". Ryan Murphy is obviously talented. This just wasn't for me.
Jared
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I can't get enough of it.
Ryan
Dec 06, 2007 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Ryan Murphy has a book out? That rocks! Congrats, Ryan.
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Ryan Murphy is the author of Millbrook, The Redcoats, and Down with the Ship. He has received grants and awards from the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Chelsea Magazine, The Fund For Poetry, and The New York State Foundation for the Arts.
“I’ve come to sing you a song called December.” 6 likes
“The sidewalks flash silver with mica.
Skyline smeared with geese.

By way of recognition
I lost the sound of your voice.”
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