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Press 53 . PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130-0314

Eyes Like Broken Windows
by Seth Michelson

Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

8.5 x 5.5 inches, 86 pages
ISBN 978-1-935708-55-1
"These poems—courageous, world-aware, joyful, terrifying—by Seth Michelson, a young poet who has learned his trade, move me very much. They make me feel like shooting off a cannon, make me feel like grabbing strangers by the lapels, saying: Read these poems, read these poems, he wrote them for you!" 

— Thomas Lux
Seth Michelson is the author of the chapbooks Maestro of Brutal Splendor (Jeanne Duval Editions, 2005), Kaddish for My Unborn Son (Pudding House Publications, 2009), and House in a Hurricane (Big Table Publishing, 2010), and he translated Tamara Kamenszain’s internationally acclaimed book of poetry El Ghetto (Point of Contact, 2011). His collaboration with composer Zhou Tian, "A Crown for Soprano, Cello, and Piano," won first-place in the ASCAP Awards, and his poetry and essays appear widely in both academic and popular publications. He has taught for Adelphi University, Bard College, C.W. Post, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Southern California, and he also has worked as a journalist, bouncer, bilingual-Spanish elementary-school teacher, and limo driver. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Meet cover artist Zen Sutherland
Cover artist Zen Sutherland is an abstract photographer living in the artful town of Asheville, North Carolina. He was previously the Resident Gardener at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville until he discovered the love of his life, Helen, who lured him back to society. Find more of Zen’s photography
"Seth Michelson’s poems have an exactness of language and lyrical syntax joined with a tremendous ability to create metaphor and image that create a visceral response in the reader, not just a kick in the gut, but a wealth of emotion and intellect that leads one to care deeply about his work. Eyes Like Broken Windows is a pleasure."

— Stephen Dobyns 

"Seth is interested in pain and beauty. The cusp moments of life bend for him into moments of grace, ‘So that's your Bach, those fine moments / of primeval release.’ He loves those moments of breaking and typically brings the reader into them."

— Kate Gale

“Heartbeat and hymn, prayer and curse, Seth Michelson's vigorous, spellbinding verse tackles the unbearable and that what must not be told. From the torture dens of Buenos Aires to the hospital beds of L.A. County, these Eyes Like Broken Windows summon us to bear witness until we decipher the truth that hides at the center of this visionary collection: ‘yes, we exist / where we're erased.’”

— Alicia Partnoy

"Exquisitely crafted, powerfully driven by an inner purpose that transcends the immediate and reaches into the heart and mind with amazing force—should be read by every students and poet! A timely book in chaotic times, that begs for a follow-up!"

— Jimmy Santiago Baca

"This collection reflects an original voice that all at once presents a perfect alchemy, blending creative force with the tenderness of a speaker telling profound truths with conviction and beauty."

— Marjorie Agosín

"Seth Michelson's poems, one after another, wrangle the brutal and broken world into something that sings. This is hard work, and good work."

— Ross Gay

     for Vicki

Plunge deep into human history,
before cities of glass and steel,
before towns lit by torch,
before huts along a river.
Remember when we roamed.
Remember roaming alone:
to gather, find shelter,
explore the strange, green world.
Now become that lone being,
but lost, and in need of water, 
as you stumble a canyon’s rim,
your mouth dusty, the sun white-hot. 
Then you hear it. Picture your face 
as elated you scramble: down 
some loose slate, through 
a dark screen of cypress trees, 
and into a small clearing
with a hidden, humming stream.
This is how much I need you.​
Press Fifty-Three

560 N. Trade St, Ste 103
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Swimming Through Fire
by Seth Michelson

Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

8 x 5.25 inches, 66 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-51-6
International Book Award for Poetry
Seth Michelson