Chained Dog Dreams (Paperback)

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Chained Dog Dreams from Finishing Line Press, November 2019, Carol Guerrero-Murphy’s second book of poetry, traverses landscapes both autobiographical and surreal. In these accessible and highly accomplished poems, everything is animate and in conversation with the author, from mastodon bones to childhood. The poems move with ease among memory and dream, while the boundaries between the speaker and everything else are fluid, often harrowing, always tender.

About the Author

Poet Carol Guerrero-Murphy has a long history of publishing and teaching writing and literature. She is curious about just about everything. She was a professor of literature and writing at Adams State University in small town Alamosa, Colorado, for over 20 years, and taught students of every age over her career as a teacher. She spent her last years at Adams as the liaison for inclusion and equity. Her first book, Table Walking at Nighthawk (Ghost Road Press, 2007) was nominated for a Pushcart for poetry and earned a WILLA Award for poetry. She is semi-retired, writing full-time and teaching in the Adams State Prison College Program. Journal publications include The Missouri Review; Pilgrimage; Ploughshares; Prairie Schooner; American Poetry Review; and many others. Anthologies include Pilgrimage: Thirty Years; and Even Cowboys Carry Cellphones. Her Ph.D. is from the Denver University English/Creative Writing program. Many of her poems are set in the San Luis and Huerfano valleys of Southern Colorado, and in Alaska where she grew up.

Praise For…

Carol Guerrero-Murphy’s poems are earthly and unearthly, fierce and generous, and brimming with enduring meaning. In Chained Dog Dreams her brilliant “Birth Epic” illuminates the nature of giving birth as the act resists language and turns the mother herself into a warrior and survivor. The most telling moments of a life emerge with new clarity through the focusing lens of this poet’s attentive sensibility and astonishing craft.—Lee Upton, author Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles: Poems. No Mercy won the National Poetry Series.

These gorgeous poems speak of politics, family, motherhood, animals, landscape—with the foundation of honesty, grace, and above all else, mercy. This collection is a quietly moving, deeply felt look at our vulnerable world, our vulnerable souls.– Laura Pritchett, author of novels, essays, articles, including Sky Bridge, winner of the PEN USA and Milkweed awards.

Guerrero-Murphy has given her readers a rhythmic and beautiful paean to a world blessed by rain, flowers, the prayer and religion of horses as well as the power and pain of family, womanhood and personal history. These poems take the reader from desert to grassland, from the bloom of childhood to the shadow and wisdom of adult knowing, always lingering at the heart sound of redemption and grace, even in the midst of the tragic and impure. Chained Dog Dreams is the work of a poet whose soul is full, whose life is both mirror and salvation.--Aaron Abeyta, author of 4 books of poetry including Colcha (winner Colorado Book Award and American Book Award) and the novel Rise, Do Not Be Afraid.

I like your poems because they are genuine. I think an awful lot of poetry (like every other form of art) isn't. Your stuff seems pretty real to me. I just finished Chained Dog Dreams and I would like to add the word "generous" to the previous "genuine". It felt like taking a life supplement, almost- sort of like a vitamin B shot for the spirit. Thank you. George Parrish, songwriter, reader.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781646620661
ISBN-10: 1646620666
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication Date: November 6th, 2019
Pages: 72
Language: English