Junk Drawer (Paperback)
Doug Dorst, author of S. and Alive in Necropolis
Michael P. Hill's poems move with patience through the intersection of place, music, and family, all while avoiding sentimentality. Reading Junk Drawer feels like hearing a forgotten song and having it blossom into a vibrant memory. These poems are image-rich, playful, understated, and filled with careful observations about the genealogy of curating a poetic life. Whether the focus is a backyard game of catch, morning on a familiar river, or browsing in a record store, Hill's seemingly simple forms ask us to linger on experiences we might otherwise overlook as we speed past.
Andrew Jones, author of Liner Notes
Michael P. Hill's poems create a landscape of blue-collar beauty full of rivers, music, and family. His keen eye captures the threads that hold us close to each other and the moments and memories that make up a life well lived. Junk Drawer finds resonance in the gritty, dark corners of our world by creating a visceral intimacy with the "secret world in between." It's a collection worth coming back to again and again.
Michael Garrigan, author of Robbing the Pillars