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Poetry. DREAM MACHINE, Sade Murphy's debut collection of prose poems, is a catalog of violence and somnambulant obsessions. This numerological tour de force creates a dreamscape that reflects various violence-saturated landscapes, including physical, sexual, psychological, racial, and gendered. Among these, the speaker of the poems both enacts violence and receives it, and violence becomes a neutral tool, taking on the qualities of the body that wields it. Both excessive and inclusive, the collection probes the speaker's desire to hold order and chaos, good and evil—any false dichotomy—simultaneously in tension and in harmony. To disturb these oppositions, Murphy invents Him, an uncanny, destructive, confining—yet somehow alluring—presence to interrogate the male gaze and normative masculinity. In conjunction with the nightmare man and mother, Him completes a trifecta of forces, both real and symbolic, that the dreamer must navigate and extricate herself from to attain the freedom she seeks.
Sade Murphy was born and raised in Houston, TX. She doesn't have an accent. She attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated with a Bachelor's in Studio Art. Her studio practice is focused in book arts, printmaking, silk painting, and installation art. In 2011 she received a fellowship from the Pavlis Foundation to complete a month long residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She has published one chapbook of poetry, Abandon Childhood, which most likely cannot be found anywhere. Her poetry has been published in Action Yes, joINT, Revolver, Deluge, Tagvverk, and LIT. DREAM MACHINE (co-im-press, 2014) is her first full length manuscript of poetry and she plans to apply to MFA programs this fall. She currently lives and works in South Bend, Indiana as a silk painter with Silk Creations, a collective of women artists, and serves as the Artist-in-Residence at Dismas House, a community focused on the re-entry of the formerly incarcerated. Author City: SOUTH BEND, IN USA