By Michael J. Wilson. Published by Stalking Horse Press.
Softcover, 155 pages, Prose, 2023.
A LYRICAL RETELLING OF THE MYTH OF DAEDALUS AND PASIPHAË, THE POETRY OF THE FORGOTTEN, THE DESIGNS OF YEARNING, AND THE THREADS OF DESIRE.
“Michael Wilson’s work shines.” — Publishers Weekly
“The force that through the green fuse drives the flower Drives my green age,’ wrote Dylan Thomas, in lines that kept echoing through my head as I read Michael Wilson’s striking debut…A Child of Storm offers a stark and electric visual palette, as Wilson engages currents historical and personal, natural and made.”
— Dana Levin, author of Now Do You Know Where You Are
“Michael J. Wilson warns us “F*cking is unsafe” —as is love, as are public expressions of love in a homophobic world. The poems in If Any Gods Liveddeliver to us the brutal complexities and emotional realities of intimacy and AIDS. Elegiac and life-affirming, unflinching, graphic, and utterly beautiful.”
— Denise Duhamel, author of Blowout
“Wilson is able to thread themes of desire, fear, shame, and grief together so masterfully I found myself unable to put the collection down.” — Joseph Edwin Haeger, author of Learn to Swim