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WCW – Bob Murken

December 21, 2015

Bob Murken

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
One Williams Plaza, Rutherford NJ

Plus the words of William Carlos Williams
and open readings from the floor

Free

Contact: John Barrale – john.barrale@gmail.com

Bob Murken is 81 years old but started to write only 5 years ago. That’s strange because, for 35 years as an English teacher, he’d shared his love of literature with students of all ages and levels of ability, yet never really dabbled in creative writing himself until 2009. That was the year he got pancreatic cancer, a diagnosis that made him learn to treasure life and play it by ear. He began saluting it in simple rhythmic verse that tended to be concise, vivid, and generally good-humored. A heart attack two years ago complicated things even further, but he’s a lucky man, and the days have continued to accumulate for him. So, he hasn’t died yet and hopes he won’t any time soon. In the meantime, his modest publishing history includes appearances in Los Angeles’ City Works, The Red Wheelbarrow, The Cynic Online Magazine, and Oklahoma’s Art Affairs.

LEGOS AND SWISS ARMY KNIVES

What is it you want from me?
To be a simple Lego block
that fits so well and clicks in place
with dozens others of my kind?

Or maybe a Swiss Army knife
to do all those surprising things
like bore and screw and file and rasp
and cut you if you are not careful?

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