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A solid collection May 12, 2008
A solid collection from one of the more distinctive voices to emerge from New Formalism. Murphy's terse style does not always work, but it does often enough, and, in places, the resonance that a few short lines can provoke is astonishing.
Extreme Amateurism Aug 19, 2007
This book lacks any sense of musicality and reeks of extreme amateurism, its sentiments are trite and its allusions to boyhood homosexuality are not very subtle, indeed I would say this is the epitome of the state of modern poetry today, JUST PLAIN BAD
Over-hyped Sep 2, 2005
Despite the highfalutin praise by the late Anthony Hecht in its foreword, Very Far North is not a very good book. Timothy Murphy devotes far too many lines to the subject of dogs, thereby giving new meaning to the term "doggerel." However, amid imitations from the Chinese and ditties on the woes of being both a millionaire and a farmer, one can occasionaly hear hints of musical genius-- though the genius belongs to another age, and to other poets.
Author's Caveat Jul 15, 2004
I'm not reviewing my own book, just expressing my concern that the first five reviews of VFN below are authored by Leo Yankevitch, who slips in a rave of his own self-published book. Yankevitch has also posted pseudonymous negative reviews of Rhina Espaillat, Kate Benedict, Alicia Stallings, and many other fine formal poets. It is a despicable practice, and this site should find a way to screen this person out.
Shades of Robert Francis and William McGonagall May 13, 2004
Timothy Murphy is one of the upcoming "New Formalists," having debuted with his first book in his mid 40s. This is his second full collection, and like the first, it contains mostly terse, trimeter ditties on topics such as business failures, hunting dogs, alcoholism and man-boy love. At their best, they remind me of neat verses of Robert Francis, at their worst, of the doggerel of William McGonagall.