Archives for October, 2015


IntimacyIntimacy is a state of closeness that transcends explanation. It is a feeling of being at home emotionally and physically, a biological need so severe that when we don’t have intimacy with those who are most significant in our lives, the effects can be devastating. When we do find intimacy, it can be transcendent.  


This collection brings together poems that explore intimacy between lovers, friends, parents and children, people and their pets, humans and the environment, and more. Work by dozens of writers including Chana Bloch, Maxine Chernoff, Toi Derricote, John Balaban, Thylias Moss, Leanne O’Sullivan, Richard Jackson, Kathryn Stripilng Byer, Jaki Shelton Green and over 70 more poets.


Disquiet“The philosophy and emotional pulse moving behind the words—that and the flawless lineation of the music—just wouldn’t let me go.”
— Jamaal May, Hum (Alice James Books) American Library Association Notable Book Award


“Kelly Michels’ collection takes us to an amazing elsewhere that is both palpable and magical, incantatory, tragic, and beautiful. Beneath the swirl of linked images and the muscular movement and music of the language, throb the stories these poems undertake, not confessional, not pain style, not complaint, not even recounted but instead revealed in a voice with its own clarity and the logic of metaphor holding, even as the real becomes surreal. The images catch the light as they turn together in unlikely yet nearly perfect partnership.


The journey taken here is harrowing, perilous, darkly graceful, and bears truths beyond boundaries. I would follow these designs on the world, these honed knives, these desperate memories anywhere. The journey ends with Tonight in D minor, and I raise my head from these poems with Mystery ringing in my ears. These phrases occur to me: dazzlingly original, deft and wildly successful gamble. Let’s just say that Disquiet is a truly remarkable gathering by a very gifted new poet.”
— Betty Adcock