Not just Passing Through by Michael P. Hill

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Easy to see why Michael P. Hill's Not Just Passing Through opens

with an epigraph by Ted Kooser. Like Kooser, Hill's poems focus on

observations of life's simpler things -fishing, snowmen, garbage cans, eye

exams - things that can offer great insight and depth when studied. The

reflections, often in the form of a travelogue, are wise and full of wit. A

collection that helps us perceive the world anew, what fine poetry can and

should do. ~Scott Wiggerman

 

Michael's poems find beauty in everyday life: a bird in the kitchen, a

middle school concert. With equal parts subtlety and wisdom, he weaves

metaphor into the exquisite quotidian happenings we all relate to. The

simplicity of an eye exam beckons the reader to travel back decades, when

the poet's eyes saw life more simply, finishing with an allusion to his

childhood dog, that symbol of unconditional love we all share, and still

yearn for. ~Holly Kelso

 

In narratives that pendulum between humor, poignancy, and a sweetness

that resists sentimentality, Michael P. Hill's poems never force, push,

or pander-but"urge with a tender heave." Here, you will find a voice

that feels familiar, friendly, and wise - an invitation and guide "pointing

[you] down memory lanes.” " Walk those lanes a while; see them anew.

~Benjamin Cutler

 

Michael P. Hill is the author of the chapter book

Junk Drawer (Kelsay Books), which was named an

Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist. His poems have

also appeared in Spillway, Ponder Review, Plainsongs,

Gray's Sporting Journal and Whitefish Review, among

others. He grew up in Western Wisconsin and spent

a number of years in both Texas and Washington

before settling in Northern Colorado, where he lives

with his wife Katheryn, their children Sawyer and

Harmony, and their dogs Harold and River. More

at www.michaelphill.org.

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