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Matthew Murrey

Matthew Murrey’s poems have appeared widely, most recently in Split Rock Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and Rust + Moth. He’s an NEA Fellowship recipient, and his collection, Bulletproof, was published in 2019 by Jacar Press. He was a public school librarian for over twenty years and lives in Urbana, Illinois with his partner; they have two grown sons. His website is at  and he is on Twitter and Instagram @mytwords.

Ways to Worship

My mother hung clothes

on the line. In the sun

and wind she pinned them

to sway and flutter like prayer

flags she had never seen.

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