Poetry. BORN WITH, Michael Daley's fifth collection of poetry, arrives in the era of pandemic, climate change, war, global inequity and impoverishment, and brings with it the scope of raw feeling and deep human connectivity through family histories and planetary calamities, as well as that depth of awe children discover from inhabiting the natural world. These poems, often lyrically-narrative and frequently elegiac, sing of loss, heartache and forbearance through the music of their cascading lines. They are nurtured in the same blood stream our ancestral artists, and we ourselves, were born with.
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