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Michael Earl Craig @harriet_poetry

By Poetry Foundation

Attention! Poet Michael Earl Craig has taken over the Harriet Twitter feed this month.  Interested parties can follow him @harriet_poetry.  Here’s his first post:

“Hello people, I’m cracking my twitter knuckles, feeling like astronaut… like hockey goalie with mouth guard loose, must fix mouth guard…”

And here’s a video of him at his day job shoeing horses:

And here’s his poem “Winter”:

by Michael Earl Craig

A kind of Danish cow
long thought to be extinct
lumbers slowly from a fog-soaked forest.
Past the statue of two men shaking hands on horseback.
Into the trainyard with its newly
brunette-colored coal cars.
It is late, lamps light the trainyard.
One of the trainmen sees the cow and has a thought
like a small grey infant sinking
ever so slowly in the icy harbor.
The cow continues out the other side of the trainyard.
The trainman shudders at the thought.
The trainman’s cat Stamina crunches walnuts in her cat dish.

Now, nearly thirty years later,
ladies and gentlemen it is my great pleasure
to introduce to you that very same cow.
(The cow is led out onto the stage by a young boy dressed as a farmer.)

And here’s his bio:

Michael Earl Craig is the author of three collections of poetry: Thin Kimono (Wave Books, 2010), Yes, Master (Fence Books, 2006) and Can You Relax in My House (Fence Books, 2002). He received a BA in English Literature from the University of Montana, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts. His poems have been published in various print and online journals, including Provincetown Arts, The Iowa Review, The Believer, HoboEye, Octopus Magazine, Fence, jubilat, and Denver Quarterly, as well as anthologized in Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems (Verse Press, 2004) and Poems About Horses (Everyman’s Library Pocket Series, 2009). He lives in Livingston, Montana, where is a Certified Journeyman Farrier, shoeing horses for a living.

He mentioned that writing on Twitter was the last thing he’d ever want to do, and for that reason he’s going to go ahead and do it.

Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 by Poetry Foundation.