Lowell Murphree is one of the legion of poets I met online via that MOOC, ModPo (Modern and Contemporary American Poetry) a couple of years ago, then in person in Seattle at the beginning of May. One of our number, Jamie Zoe Givens, was slated for cancer surgery and Lowell wrote a poem for her that wound up in a lovely e-book, Bindings.
|With Lowell Murphree, at the Cascadia Poetry Festival in Seattle, May 2014|
I know, I know, I'd still rather hold poetry in paper form, but the way this collaboration came together an e-version is absolutely right. Jamie wrote the introduction, Professor ModPo, Al Filreis, provided a foreword, and Jeremy Dixon, another ModPo enthusiast who happens to be Hazard Press in Wales, designed and edited it.
You can read and/or download a copy of Bindings free of charge here through Dropbox. Neither Lowell nor Jeremy is making any money from this project, but if you're so inclined you could make a donation to Jamie's health recovery fund via this gofundme campaign.
Somebody else’s hands are
doing my hand’s work today
on a keyboard never mine
in a chair in a country never mine.
(from Diction of Unemployment
by Lowell Murphree)
ModPo is happening for the third year this fall. If you're curious about MOOCs and you like poetry, check it out. Here's the link again.