Michael Gessner

Rookie - 4 Points (Michigan)

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Born in Highland Park, MI, moved to the southwest, resides in Tucson, AZ. U of Arizona post-doctoral, Andrew Mellon appt. to Dept. of Mod. Languages. Poems twice nominated as finalists for 'Discovery/The Nation' the years Haas & Pinsky read, and the Pablo Neruda Award. Taught college & university composition & literature, married, one child. Gessner's poetry has been described as 'Striking' (The... more »

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  • Sue Ann Simar (4/1/2009 5:49:00 PM)

    I like the balance in Michael Gessner's work between instinct, intellect, and inner ear. He's his own trinity.

  • kskdnj sajn (11/18/2006 11:34:00 AM)

    An accomplished poet, with each unique and carefully crafted stanza. Poetry that stays with the reader long after last line.

  • Paul Slinski Paul Slinski (6/13/2005 2:43:00 PM)

    I was uncertain as to whether or not you had gotten the note I had sent some time ago and thus, I would like to thank you again for your thoughtful comments.


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Best Poem of Michael Gessner

An Anorexic Student

I cannot find the voice for you,
Something left unsaid, impossible
In your presence, culture-bound to vogue,
The central attraction of runway values,
The tights and blouse that cling
To contours of bone, sharp ridges
Of hips, the pubic mound, are Christian Dior.
The mouth dry from crystal-meth,
What you take in your defense,
A charmed life of sea-kelp and spritzers
Through palpy lips, vulnerable
Vortex of sex, beauty, and early death.

You bring your papers to my desk
With eyes moody, promiscuous
And leave with an endless line of boys
To be ...

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