Publication: Contemporary Verse 2

October 18, 2016

I have an interview and new poems in CV2 this month, as well as a photo on the cover. The caption on the cover reads “Poetry, Politics, & Poor Choices.” Egad, what did I say to them? Will have to read it to remember.




Publication: The Puritan

September 8, 2016

I have a new poem at The Puritan in an issues guest edited by Sonnet L’Abbe and Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer. Classy joint, The Puritan. Hopefully I don’t bring down the property values.



Review: Harper’s

September 8, 2016

There’s a neat review in Harper’s of the anthology of aphorisms, Short Flights, in which I appear alongside some of the best working aphorists out there. A small quote from the introduction to my selection is included:

A fair number of aphorisms seek to justify or explain the form itself. Nietzsche: “It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a whole book — what everyone else does not say in a whole book.” George Murray: “I describe them as poems without all the poetry getting in the way. But, for all I know, philosophers might describe them as thoughts without all the philosophy getting in the way.”


News: Quick

August 8, 2016

Coming next spring from ECW Press: QUICK, new aphorisms. The image here shows the title in a different colour from the background, but only for online image purposes. On the printed book the title will be the same colour as the cover background and will be embossed instead. So on first glance, you’ll see only “APHORISMS   GEORGE MURRAY” and then picking it up will reveal the title. Neat!

Quick cover high res RGB


Review: PRISM International

April 26, 2016

There’s another nice review of Diversion in PRISM magazine out of BC. Order a copy here.

“Diversion positions itself in conversation with the work of poets such as Rachel Zolf, Kathryn Mockler and Sam Riviere who have been utilizing technological filters and search engines to organize and experiment with the vast array of information we have access to in the contemporary world. By contrast, Murray asks what happens to a text when filters used to organize or arrange information are removed. Mimicking the constant stream of divergent data we are presented with everyday on our cellphones, computers, and televisions, he leaves the conceit of filtering up to the reader.”


Review: Contemporary Verse

March 25, 2016

There’s a small but nice review of Diversion in Contemporary Verse 2. Considering how little review space there is for poetry these days, it’s nice that some of the journals have programs like these “snapshot” reviews.


Interview: The Next Chapter

March 2, 2016

Just noticed that I didn’t post this in the Fall. It’s an interview I did with Shelagh Rogers on CBC’s The Next Chapter about Diversion.