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Michael Morell

Michael Morell

Born: in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA
Resides: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Michael Morell lives and writes in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He's been writing poetry nearly 30 years, and started writing haiku and other Japanese forms about 10 years ago. Throughout the years he's been involved in the local poetry community, hosting a writer's critique group along with numerous reading series at local bookstores, cafes, and the most recent one at Philadelphia Meditation Center. Michael was the founder / editor / publisher of the now-defunct poetry journal Sea Change, published in the late 1990s. His haiku, haiga, senryu, and free verse poetry have appeared internationally in Modern Haiku, bottle rockets, The Aurorean, Acorn, Frogpond, Sketchbook, Comstock Review, Iodine, Redux, Chrysanthemum, and elsewhere. Aside from writing Michael enjoys bird watching, photography, and swimming.

Awards and Other Honors:

3rd place in Paterson Literary Review's Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards (2003); 1st place in Ardmore Library's Charlotte Miller Simon Poetry Contest (2017); 2nd Place, Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice 2019 Haiga Kukai.

Books Published: leaf raking, buddha baby press, 2019

Selected Work
the lifting 
of lake fog 
after lovemaking
New Year's snowstorm
I unwrap
the calendar
giving my father's advice
to my father―
the echo of wind chimes
spring morning
watching the waterfall
of her hair
last night’s argument
fresh in my mind
the spade strikes a stone
November sun
the way my father
loved me

Credits: “the lifting“ - Chrysanthemum No. 14, October 2013; “New Year's snowstorm“ - tinywords Issue 12.1, Dec. 18, 2012; “giving my father's advice“ - Notes From The Gean #9, June 2011; “spring morning“ - Frogpond Vol. 36:2, Spring-Summer 2013; “last night’s argument“ - Lynx XXVI:2, June 2011; “November sun“ - Beechwood Review #3 Fall 2017; ed. Richard J. Heby.

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