The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Bully Love by Patricia Colleen Murphy



How does a man

breeze into this

canyon with only

a pocketful of

nuts. Plaid

coat, walking stick.


forehead. Sniffly

dog furring

pounding descent

into the canyon.

Foot sweat, backache.

He claims trout,

stream fed, catches them

two at a time. He will

wander down to not

disturb us. Calls

dog breath dripping tongue

mid-drink. They are

tail flash, disappearing

trail. We are

warm camp stove, fettuccine,

Bushmills flask,

sleeping bag, camp chair,

water filter, coffee mug,

kiss me. We are

ten miles deep

into the gash.



This selection comes from Patricia Colleen Murphy’s Collection of Poetry, Bully Love, available from Press 53.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Danielle Hanson.

Patricia Colleen Murphy founded Superstition Review at Arizona State University, where she teaches creative writing and magazine production. She won the 2019 Press 53 Award for Poetry with her collection Bully Love, published as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection.  Her collection Hemming Flames (Utah State University Press) won the 2016 May Swenson Poetry Award, judged by Stephen Dunn, and the 2017 Milt Kessler Poetry Award. A chapter from her memoir-in-progress was published as a chapbook by New Orleans Review. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Danielle Hanson is the author of Fraying Edge of Sky (Codhill Press Poetry Prize, 2018) and Ambushing Water (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017).  Her work has appeared in over 70 journals, won the Vi Gale Award from Hubbub, was Finalist for 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Award and was nominated for several Pushcarts and Best of the Nets.  She is Poetry Editor for Doubleback Books, and is on the staff of the Atlanta Review. Her poetry has been the basis for visual art included in the exhibit EVERLASTING BLOOM at the Hambidge Center Art Gallery, and Haunting the Wrong House, a puppet show at the Center for Puppetry Arts. More about her at

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