The highly anticipated follow-up to the wildly popular Glimpse
Quick is George Murray’s second collection of aphorisms — a form that straddles the lines between poetry, philosophy, humour, and prose. He describes these pieces as “poetic essences” — sometimes even as “poems, without all the poetry getting in the way.” Some are deep, some clever, some funny, some all three. The best, he says, should read like common-sense statements that have never actually been expressed.
Built out of more than 450 short statements, Quick is a series of thoughts and ruminations, any one of which could be an entire poem but instead has been compressed into a single profundity. Following his bestselling Glimpse, Murray continues to explore a wide range of themes: from deep existential disquiet to the comforts of the meaning of belief; from what it means to be alive to how the world deals with hate, love, the sublime, and the ridiculous.
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If you think aphorisms are pretentious and stale, think again. George Murray’s second collection of “poetic essences” (his own, tongue-in-cheek term) contains 489 original musings, small truths, and utterances that are earnest, clever, often funny, and wise without being aloof. Murray’s observations manage to be both simple and sublime, whether he’s considering friendship, Speedos, or, naturally, poetry. Take this brilliant observation: “Life is to poetry as a random number generator is to math: it screws everything up until it accidentally makes everything right.”