William Michaelian

Poems, Notes, and Drawings


The print sources for Poems, Notes, and Drawings, along with brief excerpts from two representative reviews.

A Listening Thing

“A profound vision of the inner life … Some of the most resonant accounts of dreams in recent literature … Some of the funniest, most acerbic rants about American society and values in recent literature … essentially a meditation on loneliness, it is profoundly American … compellingly human: we never doubt that narrator is telling us the truth. In a society awash every day in public lies, it’s refreshing to realize that honest expression is still possible.”

Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate 2014-2019,
via The Perpetual Bird


Winter Poems and Another Song I Know

“Michaelian has a way of reflecting on so many familiar yet untranslated parts of our lives with a language that is clear, crystalline and communicative. It is a language that does not seek to impress either literary colleagues or pretentious poetry devotees. It is a language that seeks to communicate. As Robert Frost once described himself, there is no doubt that Michaelian is also ‘one of those poets who wants to be understood.’ He is willing to shed the literary egotism of the academic crossword-puzzle poets of our age in order to be understood.”

Simplicity, Sincerity, Sonority: A New Voice in American Poetry,
by Russ Allison Loar, via Amazon


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