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Picture1Throughout this haunting first collection, Patricia Colleen Murphy shows how familial mental illness, addiction, and grief can render even the most courageous person helpless. With depth of feeling, clarity of voice, and artful conflation of surrealist image and experience, she delivers vivid descriptions of soul-shaking events with objective narration, creating psychological portraits contained in sharp, bright language and image. With Plathian relentlessness, Hemming Flames explores the deepest reaches of family dysfunction through highly imaginative language and lines that carry even more emotional weight because they surprise and delight. In landscapes as varied as an Ohio back road, a Russian mental institution, a Korean national landmark, and the summit of Kilimanjaro, each poem sews a new stitch on the dark tapestry of a disturbed suburban family’s world.


Utah State University Press
Hardcover Price: $19.95
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-60732-551-2
Ebook Price: $10.95
30-day ebook rental price: $5.99
EISBN: 978-1-60732-552-9
Publication Month: July
Publication Year: 2016
Pages: 80
Discount Type: Trade
Author: by Patricia Colleen Murphy
ECommerce Code: 978-1-60732-551-2