The Cottage Builder's Letter
With The Cottage Builder's Letter, gifted poet George Murray comes into his own with a new book of sumptuous lyrical narratives. He constructs his remarkable stories-in-song around challenges in the lives of people claiming their right to exist in a world seemingly set against them. Highly crafted, generous in tone, and always with a moral authority, The Cottage Builder's Letter tackles the larger historical issues of Murray's own Irish background by creating heroes of well-storied, fictional characters such as a nameless Muskoka cottage builder, the singular Seamus Me Fein (Seamus myself), and his parents and his grandparents, vaulting their hard luck and hard work into poetry driven by bardic rhythms. Murray re-invigorates traditional rhythms the same way he surprises us by creating fresh figures from old tales. Whether his subject is a modern-day Damocles, a drowning man waiting for Noah, an Egyptian on the Red Sea, or the Cassandra myth updated to contemporary urban scenes, Murray's poetry bursts with a protean vigour.
About this Author
George Murray is the author of two acclaimed books of poetry, Carousel (2000) and The Cottage Builder's Letter (2001). His work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines in Canada, and in the U.S. and Australia, including Descant, The Iowa Review, The Globe and Mail, Jacket, Mid-American Review, Nerve, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Slope. He is also an editor at Maisonneuve Magazine. Raised in rural Ontario, he now lives in New York City.
Selected poems from his most recent book of poetry, The Hunter, have appeared in The Globe and Mail and in 100 Poets Against War.
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