Michael Harty, one of my students in the KC area master workshop, will be featured with Walter Bargen, former Missouri Poet Laureate, at the Thomas Zvi Wilson reading 6 pm on April 19, Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212.
Harty’s tight-knit poems are full of details, always honed to a purpose, as in this poem:
In the end we just get tired
of keeping things straight
when time insists on folding
back on itself like a tissue pattern
pinned today to some petrofiber
as yesterday to woven wool.
All day in our minds we hear
old songs new-written for today:
as it is in dreams, when we see ninety
and twenty at once, smooth faces
overlaid on those long ruined.
The cataracted eye sees
through the ceremonial wall
dividing was from what-could-have-been.
Michael Harty lives and works in Prairie Village, a suburb of Kansas City. He has had a long career as a psychologist and psychoanalyst. He started publishing poetry in 2005. They appear in New Litters, Kansas City Voices Amoskeag, San Pedro River Review, Coal City Review, Texas Poetry Calendar Midwest Quarterly,1-70 Review, The Lyric, and others. Two have been nominated for Pushcart prizes, and he won the 2015 2015 Anne Dittrick Sonnet Writing Contest. His chapbook The Statue Game is available online: michaelharty.com
© 2014 Michael Harty. Reprinted with permission and