About Brian Michael Murphy

Brian Michael Murphy is a poet, Ph.D. Candidate and Presidential Fellow at Ohio State. Follow him @raisedbymovies

Sugimoto’s Darkness

You’re unlikely to find a more beautiful book than Hiroshi Sugimoto, designed by Takaaki Matsumodo. The book is cloth-bound in shadow-blue, with a slight sheen, only a shallow stamp of the artist’s name on the front cover and spine. It…

Ozymandias in Outer Space

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1818 poem, “Ozymandias,” has had a pretty good run so far. Beyond the fact that it remains a staple of introductory college courses in literature, it has found its way into a number of pop culture products…

Amiri Baraka’s Dope

Though I knew a few things about spoken word by the end of my first year of college, nothing had prepared me to hear a recording of Amiri Baraka’s “Dope.” I had been reading regularly at an open mic that…

Time-Traveling with Jack Johnson

I’m looking forward to a bit of time travel–I just ordered The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka, a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry this year. Matejka manages to take on the epic boxer, icon, and iconoclast Jack Johnson,…

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