This metered voice of a Dakota farmer lends witness to outrageous extremes of weather, crop failure, alcoholism and ghost towns. Murphy's lyrics sing the jauntiness of a survivor-as in "The Peg-Leg Pig"-while the supple and vigorous shorter poems explore themes as far-ranging as homosexuality and Chinese philosophy.

The Deed of Gift 1998, Story Line Press

ISBN-13: 9781885266620

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