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“Shinrin-yoku” published at MasticadoresIndia

I’m pleased and honored to announce that my poem “Shinrin-yoku” has been published at MasticadoresIndia. Many thanks to Terveen Gill and her staff for their kindness and support in accepting my poem for publication. Terveen’s wonderful encouragement knows no bounds, and I’m delighted to have my poetry included at MasticadoresIndia. Thanks so much, Terveen! “Shinrin-yoku” …

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“A Few Haiku (46)”

(c) 2022 by Michael L. Utley (#271) blurred images anda smudge of words on a pageis this all I am ….. (#272) puddle of cold waxwhere my candle burned outwaiting for the light ….. (#273) thirty-six hoursbetween my tears and your deatha lifetime since then ….. (#274) fallow fields, dry pondsfences in disrepairlong-dead memories ….. …

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“It’s Not Lost” chosen for collaborative Poetry Partners project at The Skeptic’s Kaddish

I’m pleased and honored to let you know my poem “It’s Not Lost” has been chosen for a Poetry Partners collaboration on The Skeptic’s Kaddish website. Many thanks to David Bogomolny for including my poem in his collaborative project. Please check out David’s blog to read the collaboration here. David is a prolific and amazingly …

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“You There”

“You There”(c) 2022 by Michael L. Utley I can only bleed so muchbut it’s never enoughto satisfy you, is itnevermind my shattered souland flesh flayed wideno secrets leftno shadowed cleftsto hide what’s left of mejust the cold glare of realityand the medicinal stenchof silent eternity you therewho wields the hammerof sanitywhose blood-caked handscrush worldswhose vacuous …

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“Koto no Yume” published at MasticadoresIndia

I’m honored and humbled to share with you that my poem “Koto no Yume” has been published at MasticadoresIndia. This is the fulfillment of a life-long dream for me—to be a published writer—and I’m deeply grateful to Terveen Gill for her unwavering support and encouragement. Thank you, Terveen, and everyone at MasticadoresIndia, for your kindness …

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“A Few Haiku (45)”

(c) Michael L. Utley (#265) scrub my memorieshang them on the line to drybefore the storm comes ….. (#266) summer thunderheadsthe past tears a swath acrossthe plains of my soul ….. (#267) post-rain gloamingghost-light from an unseen sunsorrow’s harbinger ….. (#268) in this endless nighteven eternity fleesfrom my broken soul ….. (#269) sepulchral silenceas the …

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“Big Indian Rock”

I was raised on a farm about an hour from Lisbon Valley in southeast Utah. It’s an out-of-the-way place of red rock formations and sage-sprinkled canyons used for cattle grazing and open-pit copper mining (and yes, both activities have damaged the land considerably). I photographed this scene one summer evening in the late-1990s as the …

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“A Few Haiku (44)”

(c) 2022 by Michael L. Utley (#259) fallow fieldsgranary of memoriesnot fit for planting ….. (#260) mackerel scale cloudsand silver shark fin mooneventide rolls in ….. (#261) cool moist predawn aircondensation in my heartstillness in my soul ….. (#262) evening rainI break bread alonein the dim stillness ….. (#263) memory gardenI hoe every living thingjust …

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“Anchor”

“Anchor”(c) 2022 by Michael L. Utley she sat there9,000 miles awayon the edge of her bedor the ledge of her buildingI never knew whichand talked about anchorsand the black depthsof depressionand what it would feel liketo fly “You’re my only reasonfor being,” she saidand was she laughingor crying?it’s hard to tell whiletext-chatting(damn my deaf ears)“You’re …

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