Rich Murphy’s credits include books Body Politic (2017) by Prolific Press; Americana won Prize Americana 2013, his third book, published by The Institute for American Studies and Popular Culture; Voyeur (2008) Gival Press Poetry Award (Gival Press); and The Apple in the Monkey Tree (Codhill Press, 2017). Chapbooks include Great Grandfather (Pudding House Press), Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books), Rescue Lines (Right Hand Pointing), Phoems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox) and Paideia (Aldrich Press). The poems published here are included in book manuscript Minds of Europe: A Genealogy to The Fat Man. In December, 2016, it was selected as a Beverly Prize short list finalist at Eyewear Publishing.
Well into the early 1940s
the star honked
into the evening newspapers.
The actor employing a repertoire,
including poet, buffoon, and wandering Jew
finally plays the peasant mutt
submissive to the belly.