Flock & Shadow

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Flock & Shadow

New and Selected Poems

By Michael Hettich

New Rivers Press, Paperback, 9780898232271, 195pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2005


A stunning collection spanning more than 20 years, "Flock & Shadow" traces the journey of a man son, husband, father, poet as he struggles to find meaning and comfort in a harsh universe. In well-crafted poems, Hettich questions, challenges, and examines the trials and triumphs of life. Hettich's poems have the uncanny ability to sympathize with nature, to listen and shape it in ways that simultaneously surprise and delight. While vivid images of flora and fauna inform this collection, the complexities of each poem evoke intrigue, doubt, and clarity, keeping any lasting or certain epiphanies dangling. Solace and wonder fill these poems. "Flock & Shadow" is a human song against the din and darkness of the modern world.

About the Author
Michael Hettich's books of poetry include THE MEASURED BREATHING, LIKE HAPPINESS, A Small Boat, Swimmer Dreams, Flock and Shadow, and BEHIND OUR MEMORIES. His work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. He is the winner of two Fellowships from the Florida Arts Council. His Flock and Shadow: New and Selected Poems was selected as a national Book Sense Top Ten Pick in Poetry for 2006, and he received The Tales Prize in 2005 for Swimmer Dreams. Michael Hettich was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in New York City and its suburbs. He has lived in upstate New York, Colorado, Vermont, and northern Florida. He now lives in Miami and teaches at Miami Dade College.