Matthew Murrey –
“A generous range of thought-worthy subjects, approached with simplicity, wisdom, and a deft use of language.”Marilyn Nelson
The poems in Bulletproof look at the joy and dread of being alive in this world. Even pleasurable situations hold traces of danger and threat, while destructive or disturbing events contain the possibilities of redemption and beauty. Murrey has succeeded in using the direct and evocative powers of poetry to conjure up these contradictions—not so much to resolve them, but to dwell on and in them, to experience through language the wonder of being human.
When I was little my mother
pinned them to the line;
the sun filled them with light,
and the wind rippled them
like white flags. So who surrenders—