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Come Down to Earth
Nils Michals

2013 • 96 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - American

$16.00 Paperback, 978-0-87233-169-3

Gentle combinations of prose and verse allow the sharp meditations of a speaker caught between the real and surreal in a changing world

In a rhythmic collection of a myriad of styles, Nils Michals compiles a book which presents a haunted version of human consciousness, eager to transcend its earthly realm. Filled with distinct styles and unique language, Michals demonstrates his prowess by contemplating our world as we know it—with a drastic re-imaginings. The speaker breaks down all the personal walls of contemporary poetry, incorporating second-person narratives and distant point-of-views. The poet accomplishes the essential task of taking from the ordinary and creating the extraordinary in his observations of nature, news, and everyday life.

Come Down to Earth is a carousel of emotions. All of poetry’s past is present in Michals’s book: love, death, pain, happiness, reality, sublime, confessional, and dozens more. Through the exploitation of the human mind and its relation to the earth, there is a substantial, universal truth in Michals’s writings. His subtle honesty emanates through outlandish language and style, and speaks to every human being who has experienced life first-hand.

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Nils Michals is alternately healed and wounded by the tension between the timeless machinations of humankind and the modern machinery that lifts us beyond—and plunges us back to—our all-too-human, earthly selves. Supported by minimally narrative, page-oriented forms, his poems transcribe poetry’s intangibles—love, loss, hope, a sense of the holy—in a language located somewhere between devotional and raw, but they mourn and celebrate as much of what is surreal in today's news as of what is familiar in the universal mysteries . . . Come Down to Earth is a 'long villa with every door thrown open'” —Alice B. Fogel, 2012 May Sarton NH Poetry Prize judge and author of Strange Terrain: A Poetry Handbook for The Reluctant Reader and Be That Empty

From the Book:

The light foot hears you and the brightness begins
here: the door opens to the arena, the orchard like a dream
slung into it, heavy midair, its huge stills and electric slips
of leaves, the light-structured decisions of leaves
as they clockwise and counter-clockwise turn.
Toucans hunt the floors. The air rising is the pocketless,
thieflland kind. There are indecipherable splices of graffitied walls,
skinned playbills, a woman who speaks
in clucks--
a stroke.


Winner of the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize (2013)

NILS MICHALS is the winner of the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize in 2013, and has also written the book Lure, which won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd award in 2004. His poetry has been featured in The Bacon Review, diode, White Whale Review, Bay Poetics, The Laurel Review and Sonora Review. He teaches at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:44:05 -0500