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WESTERN RAMBLINGS




                                                  OCTOGENARIAN ANTICS








                      Orpheus: Eurydice! Eurydice! Out of the Grave!



                      This is Joan Murray
                      Who, Orpheus here,

                      Has become herself
                      Eurydice (“Out of the Grave!”)
                      Her words

                      Took my breath away
                      This morning,

                      She achieved such song
                      Before her death at 24.

                      Words
                      Allow us to grasp her

                      And, simultaneously, to lose her,
                      In the tangles of being and not being,
                      In the interstices of lost, found mythic consciousness,

                      As a photograph holds us between being and nothingness.
                      Ghost poet,

                      Ghost woman,



                      When  you  died,  I  died  with  you;  the  rocks  and  birds  and  beasts  came  to  me
                      whimpering





                      [NOTE:  Except  for  the  italicized  passages,  which  I  wrote,  all  of  these  lines  come

                      from Joan Murray’s poem, “Orpheus: Three Eclogues.”]



                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Vincent_Murray
                      https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/joan_murray

                      https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/22/joan-murrays-enduring-poetry-of-
                      the-senses

                      https://books.google.com/books?
                      id=ZPZ9DoKGAD4C&q=Joan+Murray+1947&pg=PA296#v=snippet&q=Joan%20Murr
                      ay%201947&f=false


                                                                       JACK FOLEY, California








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