Archive for the ‘Review’ Category

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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.”

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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.”

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Review: Atlantic Books Today

January 21, 2016

Diversion gets a nice little review from Joan Sullivan in Atlantic Books Today. There’s no link online, so here’s a photo of it.  It’s available for sale at most bookstores, or online. Try McNally Robinson or Type Books if you want to support independent bookstores. Or even Chapters and Amazon if you don’t.

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Reviews: Winnipeg and St. John’s

October 6, 2015

The first two reviews for Diversion are in, and they’re great! Jonathan Ball’s poetry column in the Winnipeg Free Press gives a few paragraphs, claiming:

“Murray jostles between rage and comedy… Murray doesn’t simply mimic online chatter. Each line is self-contained, but also scaffolds its poem. Diversion may seem tailor-made for devotees of social media, but it’s actually for people who hate social media.”

In The Overcast, Shannon Webb-Campbell does a sort of profile review and writes:

“Instead of harbouring poetry’s quiet emotions, Diversion harnesses anger, bliss, shame, and awe.”

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Review: The National Post

June 3, 2014

The National Post Books Editor Mark Medley reviews Wow Wow and Haw Haw as part of his video podcast series “The Small Picture”. Very nice for Wow Wow!

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News: Wow Wow and Haw Haw Previewed at Quill

January 24, 2014

My first book for children, Wow Wow and Haw Haw, gets a nice mention in the spring preview at the Canadian industry paper Quill & Quire. Following a previous mention in Publisher’s Weekly, I hope this means all the librarians now know it’s going to be a thing this spring!

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Review: Whiteout in Canadian Literature

May 6, 2013

There’s  a somewhat academically dense review of Whiteout in Canadian Literature. It’s nice to have one so late in the book’s life, though. Buy the book here.

If Murray successfully translates fourteenth-century Italian poetry into present-day Newfoundland, he likewise telegraphs local vernacular as vital element of lyric tradition, whether in the sing-song rhymes of Song for a Memory (The old men are proud of their jukebox picks, / Humming in time where the words come unfixed) or the philosophical familiarity of St. John’s (Your future could lean in that door and you / might not recognize it as anything / but the next in another series of nows). The collection’s two Ligature poems—Ligature ( ) and Ligature (&)—succinctly articulate Murray’s poetic in Whiteout (a condition during which sea, sky, and land have no discernible lines of demarcation). Signalling the poet’s fealty to linguistic marks and sounds, these poems employ ligature as metaphorical conjunction of two bodies come together as something resembling an us that just might make a shape of life.