Eyes Like Broken Windows by Seth Michelson


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

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Praise for Eyes Like Broken Windows

"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, author of God Particles

"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, author of Next Word, Better Order: The Craft of Writing Poetry 

"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, Managing Editor of Red Hen Press and Editor of Los Angeles Review

“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, author of The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival


About the Author

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.

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