From Hand to Hurt to Held


44 pages
8.5" x 5.5" single signature with hand sewn binding
Published September 2013

Louis Murphy’s From Hand To Hurt To Held is an aching lyric collection that takes  the reader through a series of emotional peaks and troughs. The beauty Murphy  offers in both language and image buoy the reader up to enjoy the sun as his candid,  straightforward voice plunges the reader into the depths of grief and depression.  This is a world where mothers build castles to protect their children, a world where  the dead walk in radiance on tracks in the backcountry, and a world where we are  constantly reaching for a moon that will never be within our reach.