Michael Dean’S “Sea shells” Book Launch Party: Magers & Quinn: Sunday, Nov. 13, 5 P.M. 3038 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis (612) 822-4611 or toll-free at (866) 912-6657

“When I first saw this man’s writing, it inspired me — to push him very hard into the craft of poetry, and to help bring to life a volume of uniquely beautiful experiences. With a voice that could only spring from the combination of a lifetime of reflection and a fresh love for the genre”  

                                                                                              J. D. Peterson, Editor of Seashells

COME PARTY WITH DEPENDENT MORPHEMES, LOVE, TRAVEL, DEATH, LIFE, AND HAPPINESS.

DEPENDENT MORPHEMES? THEY SOMETIMES PREFER TO BE ALONE BUT THEY ARE FULL OF LIFE AND ENTHUSIASTIC PARTY ANIMALS!

Complimentary adult and family friendly beverages and healthy snacks (enough to skip dinner for!) provided starting at 4:30.
Feel free to come earlier to chat with friends, authors and guests.

After the Reading: Please join me for more celebration and fellowship at Amazing Thailand. Reservation for: Michael Dean.

MICHAEL G. DEAN WILL read from his general collection and his book Sea shells. The following accomplished poets have graciously volunteered to be guest readers: Alyssa Whiting, Timothy Carroll, Dave Rannow, Ron Palmer, Eric Tu and J.D. Peterson

ABOUT THE BOOK

Sea shells is an innovative book of poetry that makes creative use of morphemes and other word parts to add layers of meaning, metaphor and symbolism.

Sea shells is folk art with an infusion of fine arts formality.  Michael G. Dean deconstructs and arranges the characteristics of language to capture a more precisely symbolic experience of one man’s journey across borders–geographical, cultural, and personal.

From the shadow of a broken family, to road trips, war crimes, sex and beauty, the stories within are visceral and showcase the importance of the space between all matter of adjacent things–where the connection breaks down, or unexpectedly evolves.

She veins heart parts 

with banyan branches

and thin vines

but no one is brought 

to some of other–

and some is apart 

from body

–like a finger scythed

from a farmer.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael sums his life according to where he has resided. First in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he was born and lived until he was seven, then in Tokyo, Japan and Okinawa where his father took various jobs as an aircraft mechanic. He lived in Japan until age 15 when he and his mother (then separated from his father) mover to Albert Lea, Minnesota to live with his mother’s parents. He also was able to live significant amounts of time with his father’s grandparents. His father remained in Japan for many years.

A year ago Michael founded and now curates the Martin Lake Poetry workshop where poets can go to safely post and discuss poetry in a traditional workshop format.

Michael graduated from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota with a psychology degree. Along the way he also earned master degrees in public administration and urban studies. For many years Michael was employed as a policy analyst with local and state governments in Minnesota, until he impulsively decided to become a painting contractor (which lasted until semi-retirement).

Michael and his wife raised two children and several dogs and over the years provided shelter to several relatives and friends.

Michael now spends his time working odd jobs, hiking, writing, wrestling with his vicious, 35 pound canine, and being a steward of five lovely acres in the woods.

GUEST READERS

J. D. Peterson, Editor of Seashells
Alyssa Whiting, Poet
Timothy Carroll, Poet
Dave Rannow, Poet
Ron Palmer, Poet
Eric Tu

Distillate Press, Minneapolis, MN

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