Piece of Me is Ron Murray’s second collection of verse – a follow-up to his April 2019 volume, Houses of the Small Sea Dead.
The poet hadn’t anticipated putting out a second collection so soon but in the intervening months his life personally – and more latterly the fortunes of the whole world – took a major hit, through a return of melanoma for the poet and the huge horror of COVID-19 for the planet’s peoples.
Piece of Me is subtitled Poems for Turbulent Times – and it simply reflects Ron’s urgency to write in response to what was happening to (and around) him, along with other reflections. The collection includes a few poems that didn’t make the first book along with a number of song lyrics to round out the mood – and the poet hopes the abiding memory once you’ve read the verses is an optimistic one. The sun also rises.