About Brian Michael Murphy

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

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,…

The Year of the Flood

One year, a few days before Christmas, the city’s pipes backed up and pushed several thousand gallons of water up through our drains and flooded our basement. A litany of first-world problems resulted: no hot water heater, no boiler, a…

The Fort Greene Renaissances

“I think that maybe we can’t see it now, but more time passes…they’re gonna say, “This could be Brooklyn’s equivalent to the Harlem Renaissance.” –Spike Lee In Fort Greene, Brooklyn, depending on whom you talk to, a Renaissance has ended,…

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