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.