Poetry. Book with accompanying CD. Michael Daley's MOONLIGHT IN THE REDEMPTIVE FOREST drives a stake into the heart of complacency. Its theme is war, though not warfare. From spoken and unspoken minefields in drug addled families of America, from final solutions at Auschwitz and Eastern Europe, the savage firebombing of Tokyo, the poems depict survivors and victims with compassion and, ultimately, hope. Its longest poem evokes in narrative form a legend from Daley's South Boston Irish heritage, where poverty and suspicion overshadowed innocence. These poems should be heard--a CD, with music by Brad Killion, comes with the book--and savored for their crisp and daring language; not paeans to the virtuous triumphant, these are songs of the wounded who sing in their chains.
Michael Daley, who was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts, entered a religious order as a teenager and upon returning to "the world," was wild in the streets, protesting war and imperialism. He traveled the US on freight trains and by hitchhiking and worked at a series of depressing jobs until joining a tree-planting crew on the Olympic Peninsula and helping to found Empty Bowl Press. He later became a teacher at Mount Vernon High School in Skagit County and is now retired. He and his wife and son spent a Fulbright year in Hungary. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts and an MFA from the University of Washington. In addition to the Fulbright, he's received awards from Seattle Arts Commission, Washington State Arts Commission, The Institute for the Arts in Boston, Bumbershoot, Fessenden Foundation, National Endowment of the Humanities, Artist Trust, and The Poets House Trust. He lives near Deception Pass in Washington. He is the author of BORN WITH (Dos Madres Press, 2020), OF A FEATHER (Empty Bowl, 2015), MOONLIGHT IN THE REDEMPTIVE FOREST (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2010), WAY OUT THERE: LYRICAL ESSAYS (Aequitas Books, 2006), and ORIGINAL SINS (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2000).Author City: ANACORTES, WA USA