1. There is no way to forget any moment, except in its sequence.
2. As with the knife, the longer the conversation, the less frequently it comes to a point.
3. Do not discount the stupid bravery of the first to arrive.
4. The butterfly’s wings are nothing to the overwhelming force of the common.
5. Knowledge is what happens when you rob suspicion of doubt.
— from Glimpse
Glimpse is a book of 409 aphorisms, a form that straddles the line between poetry and philosophy, yet is likely more accessible to the general public than either. Each tiny, crafted piece is, in its entirety, not simply a distilled poem or a pre-poem or a poem explained, but rather a crystallized poetic essence — an attempt at getting closer to, and preserving, the poetic moment or epiphany by capturing the first thoughts generated during the impulse to write rather than the thought long held and worked and shaped.
George Murray’s four books of poetry include The Rush to Here (Nightwood, 2007) and The Hunter (McClelland & Stewart, 2003). He has been widely anthologized and has published poems and fiction in journals and magazines in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Europe. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and is the editor of the popular literary website Bookninja.com.
Published: September 2010
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.
“Murray is one of the few poets publishing aphorisms in English today, and Glimpse proves he is also one of the best. . . . we get a glimpse into the soul of a man — eloquent, wry, contradictory, profound.” — Quill & Quire
“A compelling, singular work . . . Murray is the kind of poet Canada needs way more of: a Kung Fu Buddhist who walks his own pet.” — Broken Pencil
"Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms, George Murray: shld appeal to T-folks: short! sharp! salty & sweet!" — Margaret Atwood (Twitter)
"Glimpse is an engaging little package of 409 aphorisms. . . . Murray may have come up with the ideal poetic form for the age of Twitter. It's easy to breeze through its bite-sized witticisms in a sitting. And yet, what's perhaps a bit surprising is that the book continues to yield enjoyment, and a sense of discovery, on re-reading." — Toronto Star
"[W]hile it only takes an hour-or-so to devour this book, the benefits . . . are certain to remain with readers long after the text is completed.” — Scene Magazine