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The Writers’ Circle and Other Stories by Michael Gessner Now Available!

In this stunning collection Michael Gessner pays full attention to the marginal and the marginalized –– whether unwashed, rejected, condemned, or simply unusual –– and brilliantly inhabits them, evoking their passions, their yearnings, and also the rare strands of hope that sustain and illuminate.

—Grace Dane Mazur
Author of HINGES: Meditations on the Portals of the Imagination

The Writers’ Circle and Other Stories by Michael Gessner is a celebration of life’s texture of existence. Through profound empathy, each story has radiance, a voice that is alive, a language in bloom, which enunciates a ferocious intelligence, which is both strange and familiar in a way that is entirely compassionate, examining, and inspiring. Gessner’s post-noir writing is adroit, sophisticated, and at times astounding.

—Geoffrey Gatza, author of Apollo

Michael Gessner has authored 10 books, and has had work featured in American Literary Review, The French Literary Review, The Journal of The American Medical Association, North American Review, Oxford Magazine, Rue des Beaux-Arts (Paris,) The Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine, and others. His prose has been called “Structurally ingenious,” (Jonathan Galassi, Farrar, Straus & Giroux,) and “A great talent,” (Ray Powers, Scott & Field.) A list of other publications, reviews, and readings may be found at: www.michaelgessner.com. He lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife and their dog “Irish.”

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· Paperback: 196 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-238-9


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Transversales by Michael Gessner featured on Verse Daily


Today's poem is "Magnificat" 
from Transversales

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Michael Gessner, a former Andrew Mellon professor at the University of Arizona, and Honors Program director at Central Arizona College, lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, and their dog, “Irish.” His work has been featured in American Letters & Commentary, American Literary Review, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Oxford Magazine, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Web del Sol, and others. His poems have been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and as finalists for “Distransversalesy”/The Nation, and the Pablo Neruda Award.

Books by Michael Gessner:

Other poems on the web by Michael Gessner
"Washed Out" 
Two poems

Michael Gessner's Website.

About Transversales:

"The poems in Michael Gessner’s new collection, Transversales, are formally dazzling—incisive, witty, and smart—but compassion tempers linguistic brilliance. In a series set in Paris, for instance, a visit (against advice) to the 'labyrinth of tented markets,' the now-dangerous Market of Seine-Saint-Denis, is punctuated dramatically by fragmented quotations from Victor Hugo’s diary kept during the siege of Paris (1871). Quite simply, I am hooked on this book. Gessner’s poems are glory."
—Cynthia Hogue

"There’s music of the mind in Michael Gessner’s Transversales, the investigating intelligence and haunting observations of a flâneur out of Walter Benjamin whose path time travels and intersects the lines of other alienated realities. A deft mastery marks these poems. 'The Markets of Seine-Saint-Denis' is a kind of tour de force; a trip to the 'home of the homeless' where both the past and the present 'are eating the unknown.' I am haunted by his imagery, as when he evokes the rain as 'the patterings of an unknown companion, lost and distant, now returned to wrap this house in sheets of itself.' I am struck by his poetic intelligence, as his lines intersect us with a sense of a beingness that is everywhere 'political, which means the beast is in costume.'"
—Rebecca Seiferle

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Rob Bixby, editor and publisher of March Street Press

Robert J. Bixby, 1952 - 2012

Rob Bixby, editor and publisher of March Street Press and “Parting Gifts” magazine, died
October 26, 2012, as I was informed only recently in a message from Kathy Bixby, his wife.
He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and earned a Bachelor of Arts at Central Michigan
University, a Masters of Social Work at Western Michigan, and a MFA at University of
North Carolina, Greensboro.  At the time of his death, he worked at the library of UNCG.
As one of March Street Press’ authors, and one of Rob’s early teachers at Central Michigan
University, Eric Torgersen wrote, “Rob was a fine writer, but sacrificed any chance of
recognition for his work by devoting all his time and energy to the press.  His papers will
be housed at Western Michigan University.”
Robert Bixby was a tireless editor, often shuffling hard copies of galleys back and forth
over several months with each of his authors until every manuscript was letter perfect.
Rob was an accomplished artist and often designed the book covers himself.  The contribution
of March Street Press to contemporary American poetry and poetics is incalculable.
March Street Press, although it maintains a website, has ceased.  At this time there are no
prospects for continuing the work of the press. 
—Michael Gessner
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BEAST BOOK by Michael Gessner reviewed in 10x3 plus, a journal of poetry.

BEAST BOOK by Michael Gessner reviewed in 10x3 plus, a journal of poetry.


Friday, January 14, 2011

BEAST BOOK - Michael Gessner

I had the privilege of writing one of the back cover liner notes for this book of poems, and of course, I read the book in its entirety before doing so. It's now several months later and I keep returning to this book again and again. This book is so multi-layered that I've been savoring one poem at a time, line by line, word by word.
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