An Alzheimer Bank Rolled In

“In the valley of its making where executives
Would never want to tamper” – W.H. Auden

Loitering outside taxpayer brain-labs
with hat in hands, the entrepreneur
picks up the gold coins thrown
to the ground by government workers.

When the businessman has manufactured
enough for interest in a certain glow
on the purchase button, pop culture
buys another self-made man. 

The mannequins lie through passers-by
teeth that smile in envy. 
The crowd in the stadium
had more to do with DARPA
than the concession stand fan thought.

The secret remains deep in the US
with so many contraptions rushing
around town and now in the air
that even the flag waver remains in a fog.



About the Author: Rich Murphy’s poetry collections have won two national book awards: Gival Press Poetry Prize 2008 for Voyeur and in 2013 the Press Americana Poetry Prize for Americana. The poems here are from “Asylum Seeker,” the third in a trilogy focuses on globalizing Western / American culture due from Press Americana in 2018. The first collection in the trilogy is Americana and Body Politic, the second, is published by Prolific Press in January 2017. Murphy’s first book The Apple in the Monkey Tree was published in 2007 by Codhill Press. Chapbooks include Great Grandfather (Pudding House Press), Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books), Phoems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox) and Paideia (Aldrich Press). 

In the Morass

With a start beneath two brows,
the digestive tract sucks up
to the low hanging fruit
(Venus, Mars) while rumbling
through desire spitting pits
and dumping dreams behind.
The essential prune 
for the paradise and host toast.

When lips part to coax
and the esophagus stretches
a neck, intestines prepare for
determination and advertises
a place to park natural resources
. . . forever: Yoga mogul.
Worming a way through
everything outside the human body,
wit hands off the idea 
to cold calculators.
Tick workers dismantle 
and build to spec monstrosities
in a belly, Humvees strip-teased
into plows and addressed again
vice with verse. Never satiated, 
the python continues to spy, 
to conjure, to swallow and to parse 
for use. Use: Practical applications
and a narrow marrow in breath.

About the Author: Rich Murphy’s credits include books, Americana Prize Americana 2013 winner his third book by The Institute for American Studies and Popular Culture. Voyeur 2008 Gival Press Poetry Award (Gival Press), and The Apple in the Monkey Tree 2007 (Codhill Press); chapbooks, Great Grandfather (Pudding House Press), Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books), Rescue Lines (Right Hand Pointing), Phoems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox) and Paideia (Aldrich Press). His website and LinkedIn address are as follows: ;


Russian Doll

Grandparents crawl around
inside parents inside children
upon whom gene manufacturers
hang clothing and onion artists paint memories.
Russian dolls invaded the planet.

Gourd-scooped and tulip bulb-planted,
American 20th century homes and parasites
shook on the vine and stem
at the year’s headline news.
The agrarian age was now jitter-bug.

Yet nestled inside Freud, Marx played wizard
so that all intercourse became suspect.
The Yellow Brook Road turned somewhere.
The promise in origins mended
the victims it meant to leave behind.

Revenge threatened operations so
that surgeons left themselves open
for substantial criticism, and only
the hollowed-out human has value.
The dungaree pocket holding oily rags,

the candidate without liberal arts,
a cylinder filled with gasoline
spark interest from the empty tanks.
Fuel reserve capacity may ring-in
millennial barrels embedding the pain in own.

About the Author
Rich Murphy: The Apple in the Monkey Tree (Codhill Press) was my first book. My second book Voyeur was published in 2009 (Award Winner 2008, Gival Press). Chapbooks include Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books), Phoems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox), Rescue Lines (Right Hand Pointing) and Great Grandfather (Pudding House Publications). Recent poetry may be found in Pennsylvania Review, Fjord Review, Otoliths, Epiphany, Euphony, James Dickey Review, and Trespass. Recent prose scholarship on poetics has been published in Imaginary Syllabus, Anthology chapters, Palm Press, Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, The International Journal of the Humanities, Fringe Magazine, Reconfigurations: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics, The Journal of Ecocriticism, Folly Magazine, Imaginary Syllabus, (Palm Press), and “Reading Wisdoms: Mick Jagger, W.B.Yeats, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak” will be published by New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing.

All That Is Might With the World

Even in the commuter age drive
distributes hunger and coercion
to power the marginal
and main street pipe organs.
Livers and legs harmonize
resentment and dreams,
a hard swallow song.

The starving don’t always want;
the wanton always lack.
Short-lived memory cards
grant mother boards towers
and the lucrative corporate circuitry,
while laborers fill holes with their bodies.

Tomorrow brings focus away
from alternatives also
and burns through pockets
of resistance. Dog whistles
divide what would have been
rabbits and churches prey.

Will and Frank Realty
thank their lucky Darwin
for their success and the slow
sand irritating the oyster prophets.
The choir has its pecking order
and nesting protocol also.

Afterlife needs no court
worming around estates.
The pigeons beaten, molested,
or neglected when children
can go to hell.
The bubble birds celebrate
champagne campaigns.
Aaahh - men.


About the Author: Rich Murphy's second book Voyeur was published in 2009 by Gival Press. Alvin Malpaya’s review of it may be read at Rattle by clicking here. Janelle Adsit’s review in The Pedestal Magazine may be read here. Erica Goss’ review may be found in Main Street Rag, winter 2010 issue. Other books and chapbooks include The Apple in the Monkey Tree, Hunting and Pecking, Phoems for Mobile Vices, Family Secret, Rescue Lines, and Great Grandfather.