Books by Joan Murray

Swimming for the Ark: New & Selected Poems 1990-2015
(White Pine Press Distinguished Poets Series)

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“Glorious and accessible poems.”
— Bill Henderson
“Political passion…vivid images, and a head-spinning array of subjects, observations, ideas.”
Talented Reader Review

This career-defining book shows the strength of Murray’s lyrical and narrative gifts, the extent of her subject range, and her continuing commitment to social and moral concerns.

"Joan Murray is that rare poet
who is really interested in the
world . . . . Her poetry is skilled,
compassionate, wry and passionate."

— Robert Bly

Dancing on the Edge Dancing on the Edge
(Beacon Press)

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"Not to be Missed."
- Booklist

"A Lively, Winning Collection."
- Billy Collins

Poems for the 21st Century, focusing on community, loss, and relationships. Second Printing Available.


Queen of the Mist Queen of the Mist
(Beacon Press)

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"Testament to the surprise and beauty that poetry still can be."
- Philadelphia Inquirer

"A superb book-length poem."
- Detroit Free Press

A novel in verse about the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Runner-up for a Poetry Society of America Award, selected by Joyce Carol Oates.

Looking for the Parade Looking for the Parade
(W.W. Norton)

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"These poems glow with light and enlightenment, both."
- Robert Coles

"She never fights shy of big issues."
- The Times, (London)

Narrative and meditative poems on social issues, art, aging, and death. Winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by Robert Bly.


The Same Water The Same Water
(Wesleyan University Press)

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"An exceptionally generous and moving book."
- Amy Clampitt

"Murray has a remarkable talent."
- The Hudson Review

The whole sweep of a life, from childhood and adolescence through motherhood and maturity. Winner of the Wesleyan New Poets Series.

“I am amazed by the world that Joan Murray was able to bring to life. I am haunted by her passionate and honest voice, by her relentless courage, by the terrible and beautiful moments.”

— Gerald Stern

Edited by Joan Murray

Poems to Live By Poems to Live By
in Troubling Times

(Beacon Press)

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"Solid spiritual nourishment for those who strive to make the world a better place." - ForeWord

An anthology of courage, conscience, and compassion for our difficult times. Chosen for the Chautauqua Institution's CLSC Book Club.


Poems to Live By Poems to Live By
in Uncertain Times

(Beacon Press)

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"A text for understanding, sustenance and bravery."
- Bloomsbury Review

"A perfect little volume for solace and understanding."
- Sojourners Magazine

A timeless anthology, edited in response to the September 11th terror attacks. A Beacon Bestseller.

The Pushcart Book of Poetry The Pushcart Book of Poetry:
The Best Poems from 30 Years
of the Pushcart Prize

"Some of the most remarkable poets writing today." - NPR's All Things Considered

"Historic, illuminating, and thoroughly enjoyable." - Booklist

A landmark anthology gathering the voices that have defined American poetry in our time. Starred reviews in Booklist and Publisher's Weekly.


Pushcart 25th Anniversary The Pushcart Prize XXV
Bill Henderson, Editor
Billy Collins and Joan Murray,
Poetry Editors

"The Poetry Selections are excellent."
- Publisher's Weekly

Annual anthology of the best poetry, fiction and essays from independent publishers and journals. 25th Anniversary Edition.