Archive for December, 2015

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Article: Quill and Quire

December 19, 2015

Here’s a personal essay I wrote for the Quill and Quire, Canada’s book trade magazine, on the state of distraction. Or at least my state of distraction. And how this has led to my strange book, Diversion.

“I feared I was drying up. I feared I was getting old. I feared I was fading away instead of fulfilling my original plan, which was to burn out. I used to have ideas while waiting in lines at grocery stores, or while sitting in a bar, or walking down the street. Now all that time was filled with other distractions: pings from texts, Twitter alerts, 24-hour news crawls, cat videos on Facebook, ads talking to me at bus stops, five to 10 TVs per bar, all tuned to different channels, phone calls interrupting other phone calls, Candy Crush levels to be beaten, emails delivered directly to a watch on the wrist. That cavernous chamber in the brain was now filled all the time. I wasn’t writing because I was distracted.”

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Review: Michael Dennis

December 12, 2015

Poetry reviewer Michael Dennis has posted a generous review of Diversion. I can’t deny I’m deeply turned on by being compared to an Ali/Frazier fight.

“Reading George Murray’s Diversion makes me feel sorry for almost every other poet out there.  You could build a rock solid poem out of almost every single line in this book.  Most of us are digging rocks, Murray is mining diamonds.

It’s like watching Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier create such beautiful carnage.  These poems aren’t amateur swats, these are professional punches and they will take the wind right out of you.  Make no mistake, George Murray isn’t the least bit interested in taking prisoners.”

Wow. That is something.