To read a selection of poetry from The Cottage Builder's Letter

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The Cottage Builder's Letter, copyright © 2001 by George Murray. Used by permission, McClelland & Stewart, Ltd. www.mcclelland.com The Canadian Publishers.

Cover design: Ingrid Paulson
Cover photograph: Edward Steichen, Big White Cloud, Lake George, 1903
Reprinted with permission of Joanna T. Steichen

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With this issue, George Murray joins The Drunken Boat as a Contributing Editor

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The Cottage Builder's Letter

George Murray by George Murray


Comment on Murray's work:

“(Murray) demonstrates that a firm controlling metaphor in a poem need not obviate the free play of imagination. . . . Highly impressive. . . .”
Globe and Mail

Publisher's Note:

With The Cottage Builder's Letter, gifted poet George Murray comes into his own with a new book of sumptuous lyrical narratives. He constructs his remarkable stories-in-song around challenges in the lives of people claiming their right to exist in a world seemingly set against them. Highly crafted, generous in tone, and always with a moral authority, The Cottage Builder's Letter tackles the larger historical issues of Murray's own Irish background by creating heroes of well-storied, fictional characters such as a nameless Muskoka cottage builder, the singular Seamus Mé Féin (Seamus myself), and his parents and his grand parents, vaulting their hard luck and hard work into poetry driven by bardic rhythms. Murray re-invigorates traditional rhythms the same way he surprises us by creating fresh figures from old tales. Whether his subject is a modern day Damocles, a drowning man waiting for Noah, an Egyptian on the Red Sea, or the Cassandra myth updated to contemporary urban scenes, Murray's poetry bursts with a protean vigour.

ISBN 0-7710-6672-4
101 pages. $16.99 paper
McClelland & Stewart LTD
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Toronto, Ontario
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Biographical Note:

George Murray's first book of poems, Carousel: A Book of Second Thoughts, was published in 2000. He has been an editor at the Literary Review of Canada and Smoke, and his poetry, fiction, and criticism have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including The Antigonish Review, Descant, The Fiddlehead,the Globe and Mail, The Iowa Review, The New Quarterly,The Ontario Review, Prairie Fire, PRISM international, and Write Magazine. Raised in rural Ontario, he now lives in New York City.