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No Stranger Than My Own: Poems by Michael J. Henry


by Michael J. Henry 


I sometimes picture myself a small boy
looking out a vast glass window, waiting.
I want to tell him you will be
coming soon, he will be yours
when you find him, years away.
I want to see this boy turn from the window,
open the door to find you—bright girl
with golden hair and azure eyes—
on his doorstep. Please tell him
to be safe, the way you tell me now,
when I’m driving into the mountains,
into the dull light of falling snow.
Tell him to be careful, to be happy,
for you will soon be in his life, you will light
it for him, making the world more vivid
than he’s ever seen. All he must do is wait.

“Michael Henry’s poems are a skilled, luminous negotiation with the surfaces of life and the shapes of memory. His poems, shot through with feeling and perfectly crafted, are as happy sounding the dark classical themes of poetry as they are finding the saving glisten of the everyday.” 
—Eli Gottlieb, author of Now You See Him

“This collection wanders an American landscape and an interior one with equal skill, the voice a witness without false promise. Go with Henry a while, and then, be grateful.”—Chris Ransick, author of Asleep Beneath the Hill of Dreams

“Michael Henry has an unerring, delicious appetite for details. This is not mere nostalgia, but Henry’s profound engagement with the significance of the particulars, even the minutiae, of his country’s narrative, and of his family and their lost ones.” —Gail Mazur, author of Zeppo’s First Wife

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 20 July, 2012.

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