From an American laundress reprimanding Degas, from a child’s butter and sugar sandwiches, from the persona of the New England Smokestack speaking elegantly of her decommission, Colleen Michaels fashions an intelligent, compelling, and far-ranging
debut collection. At turns, surreal as well as wildly real, the poems in Prize Wheel are unflinchingly honest.
-Susan Rich, Gallery of Postcards and Maps: New and Selected Poems
Sometimes if you’re lucky a book is so perfect, so true, so detailed and moving that you don’t want to put it down. The poems stay with you for a long time because they look at the world with such clear and loving eyes. Prize Wheel by Colleen Michaels is just such a book. I love it and I guarantee you will too.
-Maria Mazziotti Gillan, American Book Award winner
The poems in Michaels’ debut collection, Prize Wheel, are as thrilling and dangerous as a carnival. Fanned out into six sections, the book is as breathtaking and as specific as fate; the poems guide us through and out of a funhouse maze, one filled with creativity, costume, danger, and a mother’s love.
Colleen Michaels was born in Waltham, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Buffalo and the State University of New York - Fredonia. Her poetry has been published widely, anthologized, and made into public installations for the Trustees of Reservations and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. She serves on the board of trustees for the Beverly Public Library, is the creator of the Improbable Places Poetry Tour, and directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, where she lives with her family. Prize Wheel is her first collection.
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