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Awards: EJ Pratt Prize Judges’ Citation

May 19, 2011

Here’s a very nice assessment of Glimpse from the EJ Pratt Poetry Prize judges, who were Mary Dalton, James Langer and Shoshanna Wingate. Glimpse lost out to the very worthy Mole, by Patrick Warner. Thanks to all!

If, as George Murray tells us, “Complexities unnoticed remain simplicities,” then there is nothing simple about Glimpse. In 409 selected aphorisms, Murray stitches his stolen glances into a broad vista overlooking a constellation of our most inspiring and troubling presences: beauty, death, chaos, form, faith, fate, and chance. To give a sense of this collection’s range would be to quote it entire, but whether wise or wisecracking, Murray’s poetic meditations are consistently inclusive and expansive. In a time of tweets and sound bites, Glimpse widens the chasm that separates simple brevity from prismatic concision and gracefully reminds us of the unbearable swiftness of being.

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