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The Folded Heart
Michael Collier

Wesleyan Poetry Series

1989 • 54 pp. 1 illus. 6 x 9"

$14.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-1171-3
$11.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7382-7

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Poems with a lyrical compression of language—precise, and intensely felt

Michael Collier’s poems are like a living film of the image of one’s past. In rich detail, they bring to life the geography of childhood—commonplace events that have a unique texture of one’s own—a dream of flying, a secret obsession, a school pageant, a jam session in the garage. The memories are folded into the heart, but with an inevitable sense of loss, a sense of capturing “the moment held in the air, the illusion of something whole, something true.”

Water and light are constant images in this book, apt conduits to the past. Memories are refracted “in the faces of old regrets.” But they are not wholly lost for they inform the present; they continue “beating loud.” The Folded Heart is a lyrical compression of language, precise, intensely felt.

Reviews / Endorsements

“This book’s greatest strength is its touch, a laying on of hands, Collier’s hands, which are skillful but human….The book is sad but consoling like most things that are true.” —Norman Dubie

“Here is a young poet well on his way to becoming a new voice in American poetry.”—Linda Pastan

MICHAEL COLLIER has won several award and fellowships for his poetry, a “Discovery”/ The Nation award (1981), the 1988 Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of American, a Thomas J. Watson fellowship, a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and an NEA creative writing fellowship.

A graduate of Connecticut College (B.A. 1976) and the University of Arizona (M.F.A. 1979), Collier has traveled widely – from London to northern Africa to Siberia and Japan – and worked at various times as a house painter and a community activist. He is an assistant professor of English and associate director of creative writing at the University of Maryland and a visiting professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He was director of the summer writings’ conference at the Folger Shakespeare Library in 1983-84. His first book, The Clasp and Other Poems, was published by Wesleyan in 1986.

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