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She is the co-author of two published novels, "The Scream" and "The Everlasting Monday" and author of several books of poetry, one or two as-yet unpublished novels and lots of short stories.
She is passionate about celebrating the uniqueness and diversity of people, questioning the unquestionable and discovering new perspectives on old wonders. She is learning to ride the waves that come along - peaks and troughs - and is waking up to just how wonderful life really is.
This book has woven together the voices of over seventy women of diverse ethnicities and traditions. In meditative and insightful poems, they offer us revealing glimpses of their souls engaged in meaningful dialogue with the world, others, themselves, and divinity.
This spiritual poetry draws from the timeless wisdom, power, and beauty residing deeply within the hearts of all women. Emerging within archetypal themes that deliver valuable messages, the inspiring and uninhibited chorus of voices beckons us to journey along with them into the wild, mysterious, and uncharted territory of a womans heart.
In this beautiful volume of poetry, Catherine Ghosh gives us the voices of womens spiritual expressions across cultures. The many women who contribute their hopes, fears, visions, and life narratives to this volume fulfill the poet Muriel Rukeysers injunction: Breathe in experience, breathe out poetry. Every woman (and man) will find poetry that speaks to the heart and the soul. I highly recommend this volume to anyone who values the poetry of womens lives and imaginations.
Roberta Rosenberg, Professor of English and Co-Director of Womens
and Gender Studies, Christopher Newport University, Virginia
This beautiful book of verses speaks of the longings of the heart, the habits of the mind, the prayers often unspoken; of silent cries in the dark to God, to the universe, to life itselfto anyone who may listen and be moved. It is an ode to the muzzled yearnings of half of humanity.
Rita D. Sherma, PhD, Swami Vivekananda Visiting Professor,
University of Southern California
“Earth Dance is a collection that is anchored in love and the appreciation of divine energy tucked into the crevices of mundane fleeting moments. Calder-Murphy writes with clever internal rhyme and light imagery to give readers a glimpse of her song, sung out in poems about nature’s ever-changing seasons, the twinkling cosmos, motherhood, womanhood, and the journey of the striving Soul. She meticulously catalogues time passing and the changing world around her, as if taking colorful photographs with words.
Her poem “A New Fairytale” is a rewriting and reimagining of the gender roles of woman, going from damsel in distress, to dragon slayer wielding her own fiery breath. “Sisters to Dragons/ Fire-born/ and borne on the flames,/ I fly -/ and from the hovering heights/ I plunge as if to die/ - and die again -/ and all that I might rise,/ my prize clasped to the sapphire sky.” Calder-Murphy’s gallantry of language claims victory over any oppressor!
Earth Dance is a heart-filled, spirit-quenching movement through the natural world and the heavens. It is walking with bare feet in freshly cut wet grass. It is an homage to the cycle of life, the shedding of leaves in autumn, winter’s naked solitude, and the promising buds of spring. This collection is delightful in its honesty and introspection, enjoyable, and entertaining - a curl up on the couch by a warm fire type of read."
• Kai Coggin, Author of Periscope Heart & Wingspan
“Earth Dance is an invitation to the natural rhythms of storytelling and vision. Each poem draws one into a meditative meandering through the elements – there is fire within as political implications can be inferred about what the people and planet require for sustainability. There is movement like water - a gentle babbling brook of reflection. There is wind, making its air and flight known through each verse. Finally, there is earth – grounded and solid, rooted and expansive, the words are the stories… and the stories are our path to learning the collective Earth Dance. Each poem can become a step in the choreography of All Our Relations. Arciemme has provided the invitation – we, the readers, are seasonally and endlessly welcome to attend to the curious adventure of Being Enough in this Earth Dance.”
•Turtle Whisperer, Gail Dickert ~ Author of Enlightened-ish: A Grief Memoir about Spiritual Awakening and blogger at www.homospirituality.com
“Ruth Calder Murphy's mystical, magical and heartfelt poetry is certain to stir something deeply within. 'Earth Dance' is a beautiful gift to humanity.”
•Trista Hendren - author and editor of “The Girl God” series
Praise for Storm Dance
"Within these sacrosanct pages, Ruth has given more than just poetry. It is a glimpse into her journey; a transport to her world. A world full of beauty, of music, of magic and myth, and of most precious vulnerability. This experience that you hold in your hands is one that must not be missed."
Charles McGarry Eccentryc Dragon Press
"Every time a new book in "The Dance" series is born, I fall in love with Ruth Calder Murphy's poetry, all over again.
The writing in Storm Dance is exquisite and the imagery excellent, as always.
Storm Dance is mellow and hopeful. Even in the midst of struggles, the poems have something to teach and emotions to evoke. Along with the author, her poetry has matured over time and the wisdom in each one shines like the sun itself, as it dances through the storms."
Jennifer Hawley-Zechlin Anthology of Oaken Grace
Circles and echoes, repeated throughout human history in stories, seasons, cycles and spirals, galaxies, DNA and cave paintings. The Infinite Embrace explores these patterns and celebrates the connections between them.
The Journey continues...
Beyond mere poetry, we are given gifts; the gifts of time and story. Cut down any grand old oak and you will find those concentric rings that tell the story of the tree’s life - narrow rings that echo the year of drought, imperfect rings that tell of the year of the fires, and of course thick perfect circles when the tree was happy and well. In the same manner, Ghost Dance, Ms. Calder Murphy’s first volume, spanned about fifteen years whilst Ghost Dance accounts for about 18 months of her life. Dance of Days, like the rings of the oak tree getting smaller as it gets closer to the heart of the tree, reflects a six month period of time, but one that is so much more personal, so much closer to the heart of the poet.
This collection will also speak to your heart, as Ms. Calder Murphy does what she does best - transforming the ordinary into the glorious and complex emotions into something every reader will relate to.
Come. Let us dance together again!"
Reviewed by Jennifer Hawley-Zechlin