Bassett, Michael 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011


Grackles, scatter like pieces
of a story. Sweethearts
of ash and butter, finger
squint-star light, draw
a spine down the highway.

– Michael Bassett, “Directives”

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Featured Author: Michael Bassett

Which writers inspire you? My literary influences are a crazy broth of very disparate authors. The poets I most admire are Albert Goldbarth, Angela Ball, Roger Weingarten, John Lane Michael Chitwood, Susn Ludvigson, Rainer Maria Rilke, Beckian Fritz Golberg, and Charles Harper Webb. I guess the poet whose work I go back to most that…

 He can’t stop thinking about apricots
shriveling, paint belching, tiny frogs
dripping above matches. Outside
his secret fort, yellowing
sycamore leaves crackle.

– Michael Bassett, “The Blackboard of His Eyelid”

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