Biography of Michael Shepler
Born in Ohio but raised in Los Angeles.
Student of Henri Coulette's writing workshop at Cal State LA (1965-67) .
Work represented in many magazines, among them: 'Statement', 'Gramercy Review', 'Columbia Review'. 'LA Review', 'Berkeley Poetry Review' &
2 plays: 'Cockroach Blues' (produced by Company Theatre in LA in 1980): 'Bombshell' (as yet unproduced)
2 poems in Knopf anthology, 'Poems of the American West' (2002)
Poetry editor for POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Michael Shepler's Works:
7 books of poems including 'The Barbara Payton Story' (1988): 'Angel's Flight' (1995) and 'Blue Lanterns' (2002)
Michael Shepler Poems
Pavese's Last Letter To Constance Dowlin...
“Death will come and she will have your eyes” - Pavese 3 a.m. Hour of the razor & the knife
Movies Rewritten In Sleep
Shuffled like cards, even mixed With unfilmed novels, unsold stories, lost poems
The Same Dead Gangster
'How do I know this isn't the same dead gangster with the same brown Fedora? ' -Editor refusing to purchase a Weegee photograph
Imaginary Photograph By Brassai
It's the first black morning The old man before you
It was late in the year when the translator Put down his pen. Late, & the last leaves falling.
Akhmatova In Silver Lake
Her rice powdered face tips up from beneath the Chinese lantern As, in a voice heavy with whiskey & cigarettes, she begins her soliloquy & you see how gray she's become, waiting for the rain
She pours a motel glass half full with Pepermint Schnapps, Toasting her fellow-doomed- Addressing them, oh so silently, Calling each by name.
What drove me to devote My life to erasing the delicate Frown lines around the mouths Of discontented women?
What drove me to devote
My life to erasing the delicate
Frown lines around the mouths
Of discontented women?
Later, gazing into perfect chaos,
A ceiling fan,
Whirling & cooling an anonymous room.
1979. Half my life over.