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Gold Friend by Chris Murray


This is the second Turas Press collection from Chris Murray, eminent Irish poet and literary activist.

This delicate and intriguing book is a profound meditation on the natural world, and the dynamic between human beings and this planet we share.

Gold Friend by Chris Murray

At a time when we are grappling with multiple, related challenges – living with climate change and pandemic – these poems remind us to celebrate, and care for, the natural world .

“Murray’s poetics call for a bond between the eye and the imagination…the acute perceptiveness of Murray’s poetry, her empathetic and sensitive vision, is extended first to nature and then, very movingly, into a series of elegies.”  Sean Hewitt, The Irish Times

ISBN 978-1-913598-10-5



“At a time of environmental crisis, “Gold Friend” speaks powerfully of the ties that bind our living world. Through the associated figures of the tree and the bird, Chris Murray illuminates the relationship between dependence and freedom, and meditates on the creative necessity for close observation….As well as bearing witness to the strange beauty of the natural world, these innovative poems testify to the remarkable intensity of human perception. They deserve our closest attention.”

Lucy Collins.

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Dimensions 21.5 × 13.8 × .5 cm


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