Cultural Writing. Essays. These entertaining and insightful essays are gathered from Daley's years traveling, working, writing, and finding his way in America's far west and beyond. With lyric grace and disarming honesty, he captures the optimism, experimentation and self-discovery that marked the 1970s and 80s for a generation. Traversing the shifting ground between meditation and memoir, Daley offers a unique take on our time and culture. Whether traveling by freight-train, fishing boat, boot leather or thumb, his perspective is always fresh and inviting. Daley's language is tuned the music of the moment, and his poet's eye is alert to details that bring his essays to life. Looking back over his own life--from early seminary days in Boston, poetic rambles "on the road" in the West, teaching English in Hungary--he scrutinizes our culture and offers a disarming portrait or an artist coming to terms with his and our history.
Michael Daley was born in Boston, and is a graduate of UMass with an MFA from the University of Washington. He's worked as a laborer, taxi driver, waiter, tree-planter, editor, Poet-in-the-schools, and high school English teacher. The author of three books of poems, a book of essays and several chapbooks, his work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Hudson Review, Ploughshares, Manoa, Alaskan Quarterly Review, Nebraska Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, Raven Chronicles, Seattle Review, and on Garrison Keilor's Writer's Almanac. In 2001 he received a Fulbright grant to live in Hungary for a year. Twice the National Endowment of the Humanities has awarded his work, as has the Seattle Arts Commission, Bumbershoot, and the Fessenden Foundation. He received a grant from Artists Trust to produce the book MOONLIGHT IN THE REDEMPTIVE FOREST's accompanying CD, "Frankie the Milkman's Song & Other Poems."Author City: Mt. Vernon, WA USA