Beloved Father Person
Patricia Colleen Murphy teaches creative writing at Arizona State where she founded Superstition Review. Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous journals, including The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, and Indiana Review. “Beloved Father Person” is an excerpt from her memoir-in-progress.
Patricia Colleen Murphy’s award-winning second book, Bully Love, follows the poet from Ohio to Arizona, from cows and cornfields to the Sonoran Desert, from youth to middle age, from daughter to orphan, from child to childfree, from loneliness to love.
Throughout this haunting first collection, Patricia Colleen Murphy shows how familial mental illness, addiction, and grief can render even the most courageous person helpless.