Dr. Hurley’s Digest, Vol. II, Issue 52

The first of three guest-edited weeks gave us some great fiction and poetry, courtesy of guest editor Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke. Check out what you missed below.


Monday – Introduction

Wednesday – Fiction

Friday – Poetry

More from MFC this week and next, plus, today marks the beginning of Dr. H’s third year! Huzzah!


Christina MurphyThe curative condition of the whole
is the unified grace of vision—
the open door as magical
as seedpods given to
Orpheus as the kaleidoscope,
the threshold, of the heart’s longings

Within the deepness of the lyre
is the luminous image
that calls beyond the music
to the green cliff, the blue sea,
the visible world of all dreams,
and the soft currents of infinite forms

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Christina Murphy lives and writes in a 100 year-old Arts and Crafts style house along the Ohio River. Her poetry is an exploration of consciousness as subjective experience, and her most recent work appears in PANK, StepAway Magazine, Pear Noir! and Humanimalz. The poets she most admires are Jorie Graham, John Ashbery, and Jane Hirshfield for their undaunted (and impeccable) sense of the interrelationship of language, imagery, and consciousness. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for the 2012 Best of the Net Anthology.

This is her first contribution to Snake-Oil Cure.

Guest edited by Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke