22 October 2020

Episode 026: Phobos

We're approaching Halloween and so I turn from my weeks of earnestness into something a bit more ... spooky? Not that last week's episode didn't have shades of spookiness, what with all the ghosts of the past haunting those words. But this week we mix together my two written creative loves: Poetry and Science Fiction. "Phobos" is the experience of someone approaching that larger moon of Mars for the first time, about to set foot on an alien world.

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Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

15 October 2020

Episode 025: And I Will Then Be Ashes

After a smattering of absurdity, I've been choosing poems that are, in a word, earnest. This week's selection is no different. From Regret and Opportunity, this episode is the poem "And I Will Then Be Ashes." Though earnest, it takes a turn for what I hope is inspirational, which is something that I have a feeling a lot of us can use. So, stick with me on this brief journey, let me set the table so that I can reveal my true thoughts as we wind our way through to the end.

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Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

08 October 2020

Episode 024: Golden Leaves, Common Verdance

A quiet moment as I remember watching some trees from my office window when I worked in Washington, DC. "Golden Leaves, Common Verdance" tells the story of this time of year when the leaves change from green to an earthy rainbow of hues and then cascade to the ground, leaving nothing but slender branches moving in the wind.

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Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

01 October 2020

Episode 023: In Court

We take a turn to the observational this week, with "In Court." I once spent a morning in the gallery of the local courthouse and came out of it with a day's less vacation time and this poem. The poem itself has undergone a bit of revision since it was first published in "Stand Right, Walk Left." There was a stanza that reflected who I was then, but not into whom I have grown, and so I rewrote that stanza to share my observation, but not in the classist, frankly jerkish way that the original words conveyed. If you have a copy of that book, the changed stanza will be readily apparent. If you haven't picked up a copy yet - or a copy of "Blue." or "Regret and Opportunity," then what's stopping you? Links to get copies are on my blog (lefthandrob.net).

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24 September 2020

Episode 022: To Obtain Duck Sauce - An Essay

Let's dive back into the absurd again, with another piece pertaining to ducks. This time, it's an essay, "To Obtain Duck Sauce," which oddly enough isn't my only food/animal hybrid piece, but it is the work I read for you this work. So, leave the world behind for a few minutes and enjoy something out of left field.

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Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

17 September 2020

Episode 021: Blue.

Miles Davis plays right into my soul. His work was the inspiration for the theme music for this podcast. This week's poem, "Blue." is something of an ode to his work, probably even composed or at least dreamt up while listening to "Kind of Blue." If you haven't listened to any  of his work, fire up your music service of choice and dig out his music. Especially if you like my musical homage that greets you and takes you through this podcast each week.

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Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

10 September 2020

Episode 020: Cymbal and Drum - Metronaut

These two poems go together quite well, I think, so for this week I offer you another Twofer: "Cymbal and Drum" and "Metronaut," both inspired by my time spent commuting in and out of Washington, D.C. on the Metro System. Though these take a slightly different tack than did "Ecologies of Scale," heard in a previous episode but inspired by that same commute. I also experimented a little with some audio editing underneath "Metronaut," curious to hear if you think it worked, maybe I'll get fancy again in the future.

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Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

03 September 2020

Episode 019: Opera Bio and Sonic Vintage of the Fourth Formant

Here's a couple of items -- yes you get a 2fer this week! -- that will hopefully be very funny to a select segment of the population, and hopefully enjoyable for the rest of you out there who choose to spend 5 minutes a week with me in your ear. "Opera Bio" began as a joke when a friend and performer in one of the opera production I created the program for had yet to turn in his cast bio. The result is what I jokingly threatened to insert in its place. Trolling at its finest. The person in question is a great guy. You know who you are! "Sonic Vintage of the Fourth Formant" is what happens when an explanation classical singing collides with my damaged imagination.

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Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

02 September 2020

KRAKKEN AND PHOENIX RELEASE DATE AND BOOK TRAILER

 Coming to you 01 November 2020, volume II of the Titan Run Trilogy:

PreOrder for Kindle at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HBMFRL2

Paperbacks on sale 01 Nov 2020!

When we last saw our crews...
Hugh Saracen and Ann Bell had successfully escaped their pasts on Mars and found themselves heading for Titan aboard the mining ship Krakken.
Meanwhile, Hugh's husband, Captain Dalton Simmons of the state-of-the-art cruiser BPOE Phoenix led his new crew likewise away from the red planet to see if their new ship was as good as she appeared on the screen.
Hugh, Ann, Dalton, Gonzo, and the rest are back in the second volume of the Titan Run Trilogy where instead of running away, they'll be pulled headfirst into danger.


27 August 2020

Episode 018: Butter and Bacon Fat

When cleaning my office recently, I discovered an old composition notebook that I used to carry with me whenever I'd set up a table to sell my books. Scribbled hastily on one of the pages was the first draft of this week's poem "Butter and Bacon Fat." It's the tale of a lonely and somewhat hungry poet who endures a heavenly aroma coming from a food vendor at the same farmer's market where our hero is selling his books. Yes, it is based on actual events. I'll definitely be including this poem in my next poetry book. 

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Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

20 August 2020

Episode 017: Existential Chemistry

Colleges are opening up in a variety of ways but the universal constant is that there are classes that everyone just has to get through. And you will. This week on the podcast I embrace that spirit with a meditation that survives from my own college days. If you don't pick it up from the context of the piece, I did not enjoy - nor do terribly well - at Chemistry. It's just never been my subject. Thus was born "Existential Chemistry." 

Another brief anecdote, I shared this with a friend years ago, and as the story goes it was printed out and posted in the halls of a certain college's Chemistry building. If you've seen "Existential Chemistry" in the wilds of your college, let me know!

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The poems will continue to flow, but so must the Justice.



Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

13 August 2020

Episode 016: Goodfellow

Inspired by a late night conversation with an actor acquaintance on the back porch of where I lived at the time comes "Goodfellow." Of course, he was playing 'Puck' in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the time, thus the framing of the tale. It wasn't my first choice for this week, but I didn't care for my initial choice and found this gem. It's one of the most faithfully rhythmic poems I've written, though I'll confess coming back to it years later the story it tells feels a wee bit thin. Still, enjoy the rhyme scheme and the rhythm.

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Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

12 August 2020

KRAKKEN AND PHOENIX: COVER AND TITLE REVEAL

 Been dying to share this with the world, and here it is. The title and cover art for volume II of the Titan Run Trilogy, coming this Fall: KRAKKEN AND PHOENIX


06 August 2020

Episode 015: West End Street Scene

This week it's a slice of life as I read "West End Street Scene," recounting a drive through part of my home town on an oddly warm December morning.

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Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

30 July 2020

Episode 014: For Discovery

With the launch of the Mars Perseverance Rover this morning, I read a poem that looks at the end of a storied career for another spaceship, the beloved Space Shuttle Discovery. This ode recalls the time when she came to DC as the 747 carrying her did a victory lap around the district before delivering her to the Air and Space museum at Udvar Hazy.

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Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

23 July 2020

Episode 013: In an Old Barn Outside Gettysburg, PA

An ode to old things made new, and where we go to find them. I hope you can feel the remains of snow crunching beneath your inadequate footwear as you read this poem.

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The poems will continue to flow, but so must the Justice.



Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

22 July 2020

Titan Run volume II Beta Read Program

     UPDATE 05 AUG 2020: Thanks to everyone who's agreed to participate! I'm no longer accepting applications. If you were interested but were waiting, there'll be another novel coming in a year (or two-ish).

 I recently completed a third draft of the sequel to my first SciFi novel, "Breaking Orbit (volume I of the Titan Run Trilogy)." I plan to release this sequel ("volume II,") in the Fall of 2020. Before I do that, I want to make sure the book is ready for publication. This means I need some additional brains to process what I've written. As an independent author, I'm doing it all by myself (writing, editing, formatting, cover art, publishing, etc.) which is cool, because I like doing all those things. The only thing I can't do myself is the part where I need someone else to look at the book before it's published. Until someone perfects and clears all the ethical problems with human cloning, or someone perfects the creation of an AI clone. Frankly I'd prefer the latter because electricity and disk space are cheaper than feeding another me.

     That's where you come in. Not by feeding me, but by being a part of the Beta Read program for volume II. The upshot you get to read the story for free before the rest of the world! What's the catch, you ask? Well, in short: I need you to provide me with feedback on the book.

     Most of us know what a 'beta' is these days. It usually means software that's just about ready to be released but still needs one more round of testing to make sure all the bugs get caught. Beta reading is basically the same idea, only you get to read a book instead of poking at a computer program. What I'm asking you to look for are any logical / textual inconsistencies (do I call someone by the wrong name, e.g.?), plot holes, or what feel like missing pieces of the story. I'm so close to the story that I might either just miss these things or have them in my head. Because of this, when I read the text I might automatically insert missing content/context that isn't apparent to someone reading the book for the first time. And publishing a book like that would be embarrassing.

     Ultimately, the depth of the feedback is up to you. If you want to provide a list of every typo I still haven't caught, then go right ahead (cue the scene in "Hamilton" where the itemized list of grievances is handed over). But I'm not asking for a copy edit per se. What I need is for you to help me make this the best book it can be before it hits Amazon's shelves.

     Still with me? Great! 

     Here's how this works:


  1. Comment on this post with the email address where you'd like me to send the link to access the book.
  2. Once I have 5 people expressing interest, I email you a time-limited link to the book so you can read it in your web browser.
  3. After reading the book you come back to this post and comment again with your feedback.
  4. I look through your feedback and make any changes that the book needs.
    1. Those changes include thanking you in the acknowledgments section of the book.


     If you're still with me, go ahead and add your email (or any questions you might have) in the comments* below. Again, I'll send out the email with the link once I have five (5) people participating, and thanks for your interest!

*NOTE: If you're having trouble using the comments field below, 
you can DM me on Twitter (@Lefthandrob
or message me via my Facebook page (Robert C. Murray Author).

16 July 2020

Episode 012: Hunger

"Hunger" is another dip into the weirdness of my imagination from my book "Blue." We're talking iced animal crackers weird. Literally.

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Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

09 July 2020

Episode 011: En Tempus Amemoria

Some more earnestness this week with my poem "En Tempus Amemoria," a story that wonders at why dolphins help us so often when we're stranded at sea. It's from my first book of poetry "Stand Right, Walk Left."

Hey, I'd love to hear what you think of the podcast, whether it's a specific poem or the format, or whatever's on your mind! Leave a review or a comment in your podcast app, or catch me on Twitter @Lefthandrob.

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Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

Hey - July 2020

Hi y'all,

What a world we're living in.
This blog was getting super-dusty until I recently resurrected it as another place where you can consume my poetry podcast (hopefully you're enjoying it!).

In the process of preparing for this resurrection, I looked through the archives and culled approximately 98% of that content from this site. Inane commentary, poorly composed statements on pop culture, and the minutiae of my past life -- not so much a time capsule as it was ridiculousness (and at time embarrassing!). Of course, I'm sure the Way Back Machine has it all archived, so if you're so inclined, you've been warned: it's dumb.

The blog will continue to mostly serve as a place to post podcast episodes and a jumping-off point to check out my books (look to the right column). If I have anything that I think is worth saying, I'll post it here, but I have no illusions of keeping to any sort of schedule or coming up with content to throw into the void. That's what the podcast is for.

Thanks, as always, for reading / listening, and stick around, I may do something interesting.

02 July 2020

Episode 010: Mina and Penny

This week's offering is an ode to a wonderful pair of pups that belong to some great friends of mine, "Mina and Penny." As I say in the episode, it's been a minute since I've seen them (my friends and the dogs!) due to social distancing and frankly the busy-ness of every day life. This one's for you, ladies.

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The poems will continue to flow, but so must the Justice.



Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

25 June 2020

Episode 009: Your Father Puts Ketchup on So Many Inappropriate Things

Join me for another trip into the absurd this week for "Your Father Puts Ketchup on So Many Inappropriate Things," inspired by a blogger that I have followed for some years. Well, inspired by a comic strip that the blogger commented on a couple years back. Fine, it's the Comics Curmudgeon, if you must know. Big fan of his work.

Anyway, the poem is some dumb fun, you can find it in my book "Blue."

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The poems will continue to flow, but so must the Justice.



Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

18 June 2020

Episode 008: Ecologies of Scale

This week I'm taking it all the way back to my first book of poetry (again), and to my days of riding the Metro in DC with my poem "Ecologies of Scale." I'd like to think most of us are looking at the world around us -- and all of its surfaces -- differently now than we did back then. Stay safe, friends.

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The poems will continue to flow, but so must the Justice.



Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

11 June 2020

Episode 007: Crossing the Aisle

This week it's a poem inspired by a dream I had some years back where President Obama did something unexpected. Don't listen to NPR when you're half-asleep unless you want interesting dreams is what I'm trying to say, I suppose.

I posted the below last week (with an addition at the bottom), and I'm posting it again. We've seen the beginnings of progress, but there's work to do, and the people working need money to make it happen:

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Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

05 June 2020

Episode 006: Curried Lentils

Another week, another poem! This week I poetically describe the preparation of a favorite meal from my bachelor days.

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Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

28 May 2020

Episode 005: 736 Ducks

This week's poem is only tangentially related to reality, borne of a glint of sunlight on a Summer's day from my imagination.

As always, your feedback is welcome. @Lefthandrob on Twitter.



Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

21 May 2020

Episode 004: In the Far and Bitter End

This week's have a poem about what happens beyond the horizon.

This is one that I thought would go well set to music.



Left Hand Poetry: My Podcast of Poems

14 May 2020

Episode 003: MothFly

This week's poem was inspired by some little bugs that used to share a very old house where I used to live.



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