on my face
dragonfly on my finger
slow moving river
"Elegy For The Road/Kerouac's Ghost"
"Twenty Days On Route 20"
"Drinking Wine, Chanting Poems"
"Making Space For Others"
FootHills Publishing. (Out of print)
Forthcoming - Summer1999
Mississppi River Journey (As yet untitled.)
and Author of "For Kids' Eyes Only"
Five years ago, at the age
of 43, Michael gave up the "compromise" job and committed himself to "making
my living as a poet." Since that time he has worked with thousands
of students in numerous schools as poet-in-residence, conducted various
writing workshops for all ages of writers at libraries, museums and writers'
organizations and has been featured at well over 200 readings throughout
When not working as a poet
(does poetry work ever stop?) Michael homesteads in the hills of New York
State with his wife and children. They live on a 50 acres
parcel of land atop a high hill (2,000' elevation) in the western Finger
Lakes. Most of the nearby neighbors are old-order, horse-and-buggy Amish.
is a Japanese literary form that combines prose and haiku. Matsuo
Basho, the great 17th century haiku master of Japan, wrote of his
walking journeys throughout Japan in haibun. I first read those accounts
about 20 years ago. Now I use that form for writing about the poetic
journeys that I embark on."
began writing poetry in his junior year of high school, 33 years ago.
He gave his first public reading in 1985. Since then he has facilitated
and helped form three different writers' groups, organized well over
200 readings and has been a featured reader at more than 250 venues.
FootHills Publishing, a small press started by Michael in 1985, has
published 30 books by 17 different poets, including three anthologies.
The natural world, his lifestyle,
family, Chinese and Japanese poetry, the road and the eternal quest of
how we should best live this all-too-brief life influence his writing.
Last autumn Michael journeyed
in a car for 30 days along the length of the Mississippi River, from Lake
Itasca, MN to Venice, LA. Along the way he visited schools, gave poetry
readings, delved into the natural and human history of the region, wrote
a daily newspaper column for the Corning Leader and a daily journmal report
for 21 schools in three states. A book about the journey, written in haibun,
will be published later this year.