Timothy Murphy is a major American poet who lives on the Great Plains. A fascinating and complicated man and a child of the northern prairie, he writes deceptively simple poetry. He studied with Robert Penn Warren at Yale, who passed him on to Richard Wilbur with a note saying, -Because he's the best man we've got.- Murphy likens his poetry to the work of Robert Frost, and, like Frost, he prefers to work in rhyme. This double book, Mortal Stakes and Faint Thunder , is the first of several volumes of Murphy's poetry to be ...

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