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

 

Go Anywhere

A Phoenix park ranger discovered a petroglyph

had been excised. She followed the trail rut

to the McMansion of a man who answered

his door dressed in a towel, the stolen rock

well-lit above his mantel. And what is there

to say? I’m certain there are topics about which

I know nothing. I moved from Ohio to this desert

with two suitcases and a poorly laid plan. The first

week I was here I called the landlord to complain

about dust and he explained monsoons to me.

I’m still bitching my way through triple digits.

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

You and I can, now that all four of our parents died.

I thought I’d move to France, maybe lose too much

weight. But I fell in love with you and here we are.

So now what? Will we go to the Costco, maybe Home

Depot? I don’t know. I don’t know if we’ll have time.

Should we go to the park, help ourselves to free wall art?

Since living here already feels like stealing?

 

  

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 daniellejhanson.com.
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