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We Old Dudes

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We old dudes. We
White shoes. We

Golf ball. We
Eat mall. We

Soak teeth. We
Palm Beach; We

Vote red. We
Soon dead.

Source: Poetry (July 2006)

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  • Joan Murray was born in New York City and lives in upstate New York. She is the author of several collections of poetry. Praising Dancing on the Edge (2002), a reviewer for The Times (London) noted, “Her simple lyric tone unteases the complexities of the images which move her.” Working in free verse, Murray is a master of the single, unforgettable detail. Her accessible, image-driven narratives harness the urgency of their moral or social context while staying true to the pacing and music of daily life.

    Murray’s first collection, The Same Water (1990), was selected for the Wesleyan New Poets Series. Queen of the Mist (1999), a novel-in-verse about Annie Edson Taylor, the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, was a runner-up for the Poetry Society of America’s di Castagnola Award, and Murray later co-produced (with filmmaker Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe) a video of the same title based...

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