About Brian Michael Murphy

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

Spam Poetry

Creative writing training rebuilt my eyes. One workshop leader told me to watch what the person in line ahead of you buys at the grocery store, and take note of strange combinations in your fellow shoppers’ purchases. Write a poem…

Tesseract Days

One of the many benefits of having a child is that I’m able to read and watch good stories on a regular basis. These stories are often short, and involve bees, monkeys, elephants, frogs, fairies, spaghetti, stars, birds, and dinosaurs.…

The Thin Red Underline

In his essential, slim volume Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, Roland Barthes elaborated his theory of the punctum–that element of a photograph that “pierces” you, haunts you, pulls you into the image and resonates with something deeply personal. A few…

Skyscrapers of Light

In 1938, Westinghouse buried a time capsule in a section of Queens described as a “valley of ashes” in The Great Gatsby. The time capsule was supposed to contain a “cross-section” of life in the 1930s, and included microfilm reproductions…

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