Poetry. The poems in THE LAKES OF COMA range across America and beyond, taking in a wide array of subject matter - small town unrest, the realities of life in the city, human relationships, race, sex - and becomes an examination of modern-day society to the very limits of language itself. The writing is original, laden with vivid imagery and passages that form a unique mode of expression. This collection, Begnal's first, represents a poetic vision more than ten years in the making.
Michael S. Begnal was born in 1966 in the U.S.A., grew up in central Pennsylvania, and more recently has spent nine years in Ireland. He was editor of the Irish literary magazine The Burning Bush. His work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Wales, Translation Ireland, BlazeVOX, The Blue Canary, Shearsman, Natural Bridge, Vallum, and many other journals. He is also included in anthologies such as Breaking the Skin: New Irish Poetry (Black Mountain Press), and Six Gallery Press's Jacob's Ladder. His Irish-language (Gaelic) writing appears in the Go Nuige Seo anthologies (Coisceim), and elsewhere. Begnal's collection The Lakes of Coma was brought out by Six Gallery Press in 2003. Another collection, Ancestor Worship, is published (2005) by Irish press Salmon Poetry. Six Gallery Press has also released his booklet, Mercury, the Dime.Author City: USA