“This collection of so many memorable poems does not seem like a first book of poems. Since the death of Philip Levine, I have been on the lookout for a new "favorite living poet" (I think everyone should have at least one). Michael Brosnan at times has that deep elegiac tone like Levine, but Brosnan also offers many other kinds of new insightful, poetic lines. His vision lingers just a little longer on images from life, and they ring with a new sort of perception…. I know this writer has become my new "favorite living poet" because when his next collection arrives, I will buy it without even opening it, take it somewhere, and start reading.”
“...To me any one of these talents — the descriptive, the metaphoric, the narrative, the personal, the metaphysical — would be enough for a satisfying read, and I have enjoyed many poets who possessed only one or two of these. But to find them all in a first venture is a deep delight.”
Nice review on Good Reads:
“This book contains some of the best contemporary poetry I've come across... It has a lot of humor, honesty, deep thinking, real profundity. Wild creativity at times. The poems have such a rich variety and are of such superb quality it's difficult to quote from just one and capture this work. One of the reviewers of the book said he has "found the pulse of poetry" but it's more than that, it's the artistic attitude of playfulness and variety. It's the pulse of poetry, but so many different pulses!”
June 5, 2019
Glad to see The Sovereignty of the Accidental make it on to a summer reading list. In “25 Books for Your Summer Reading,” on the Independent Ideas Blog, Richard Barbieri writes of The Sovereignty of the Accidental, “Common wisdom has it that poets flourish in youth. But Independent School’s former editor challenges that assumption with a first volume rich in every virtue poetry can command: precise descriptions, original metaphors, personal revelation, cosmic speculation, and lively wordplay.”
May 6, 2019
Three of my poems are in the latest issue of Aji Magazine.
May 1, 2019
I spent two happy weeks at the Vermont Studio Center — writing and hanging out with writers and artists. For anyone considering a residency, I highly recommend VSC.
April 9, 2019
This week is my last week in residency at the Vermont Studio Center. It’s been a pleasure to spend so much uninterrupted time working on a second book of poetry — and to meet the other writers and artists in residence. One could get used to this life.
April 3, 2019
A good day. The ice is out on the river and I just got listed in the Poets and Writers Directory.
November 7, 2018
I deeply appreciate the write-up in the UNH Alumni magazine about The Sovereignty of the Accidental. While I mostly studied fiction writing in the UNH Writing Program, I did take a few poetry courses. Clearly, those courses made an impression on me…
November 1, 2018
Carney Sandoe & Associates just published my essay on Michel de Montaigne and education. It’s so interesting the way his views from 1575 intersect with recent brain science research.
October 15, 2018
The Fall 2018 issue of Port smith is out. Includes two of my work-related poems.
September 5, 2018
Will be reading at Water Street Books in Exeter on September 12, 2018.
August 7, 2018
I’m thrilled that two of my poems will be appearing in the Fall issue of Port smith, the new literary journal of “art, words, culture, and place,” based in Portsmouth, NH. Will be out in September.
May 10, 2018
One of my poems, "What We Live For," was just published by Aji Magazine.
May 6, 2018
Thanks to Lenora DiCerce and the folks at Vermont College of Fine Arts for inviting me up to read at their Friday night event. A good evening all around, especially reading poetry while a storm raged outside.
April 9, 2018
I appreciate the nice write-up in my local paper, The Exeter Newsletter.
March 10, 2018
I'll be reading at the Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, VT, on March 21, 7 pm.
March, 2, 2018
Three new poems are being published by the British journal Anapest this month — “After the Blizzard,” “The Slope of Evening,” and “At Charlie Mann's All-Pro Grill.”
January 13, 2018
Just had a wonderful night reading at The Word Barn in Exeter, NH, with writers Meg Day and David Mohoney.