‘This Is Not About What You Think’ by Jim Murdoch reviewed!

Immediate, honest and to the point … it is hard to review a book or writer that reminds you of    your own writing style but the poems of Jim Murdoch succeeded beautifully in convincing me. ‘This is not about what you think’ is actually not about what you think, as each reader constructs an own interpretation of the poems. Just the same for the very appropriate book cover! Seemingly a Rorschach-test the image is open to many interpretations, as the poem ‘Making Sense’ clearly underlines.

Immediate, honest and to the point … but so beautiful and pure in the messages and living truths the author passes to the reader. The delight of reading returns when opening this book, savoring writing that takes you to a higher place of mesmerizing, recalling and interpreting. Very few writers succeed in doing this in a short but rhythmical style. Not a word too much, not a word less that necessary, Jim’s credo being, as stated in the book’s introduction: ‘Say what you have to say and get off the page.’. Congratulations Jim, I can do nothing but recommend your work highly … I adored it! And there is more! 

Making Sense

What do you see in the inkblot?
Just sadness.
But sadness has no shape.
Yes it does. It has that shape.
Can’t you see the butterfly?
Perhaps, but it’s a very sad butterfly;
I can tell these things.


The entire first section of the book is available for preview online here:
and here is the link to the FV Books site:
where early purchasers will get a free copy of the literary magazine Bonfire while stocks last.

Published by lenavanelslander

Lena Vanelslander swam many waters. History, Comparative Culture Analysis, Languages, Mythology, Literature, Poetry, too many to sum up. After a life of tribulations the turning point came in her mid twenties: she started to write actively poetry in English. Her melancholic and darkminded nature colour her poems to an individual signature in both time and space. Poems got published in the Stray Branch, Savage Manners, the Delinquent and The Sylvan Echo. Her first chapbook ‘Ma Chanson de Rien du Tout’ has been released in September this year. Her first book of poetry, written with Marilyn Campiz, Quills of Fire, will appear in November 2009. Currently she edits writers' profiles for http://www.gloomcupboard.com and http://www.outsiderwriters.org

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