Congratulations to Patricia Colleen Murphy, whose volume of poetry, Hemming Flames, is the 2017 winner of Binghamton University's Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award!
"The curious title of Patricia Murphy's wonderfully disturbing Hemming Flames doesn’t become clear to us until the last poem in the book. . . . As if the act of writing itself is an attempt to hem what can’t easily be hemmed."
—from the foreword by Stephen Dunn, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
“These are searing reports from the far side of the human dimension, acts of pure familial survival—charged, compelling, complex. We read searching with the speaker for an answer to the singular question one poem poses, ‘Where are you, gravity?’ These are hard-felt, intimate, and genuine.”
— Alberto Ríos, poet laureate of Arizona