Save the Date: Michael Hettich reads from Like Happiness

Friday, October 15, 2010
8 p.m.
265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables

"Michael Hettich's poems are like grace, like gifts, like the natural world made Technicolor, like Technicolor making the natural world.  He is a master of the simile, and in Like Happiness, he harnesses a specific and collective memory, the power of myth and allusion, like no one else.  His poems give his readers a deep happiness, an earned happiness, a happiness decided upon with clarity and wisdom." ~Denise Duhamel

"Michael Hettich's poems resemble half-remembered fables or lyrical dreams, animistic dramas played out in moonlit meadows, domestic interiors that shimmer like velvet jewelry boxes. Wisdom and enchantment are his calling cards, and he strews them about with purpose, like Hansel and Gretel marking the path home through the forest. Like Happiness is a beautiful and haunting book"

"Michael Hettich’s persona, vividly alert in a subtropical landscape where the imagination holds it own against the knots and crosses of life, never reduces the world to a formula, poetic or otherwise. Instead, he breaks through, his innocence grounded by experience and with a childlike sense of wonder, into a world 'bigger than we are, like happiness, and full of/ fish that live nowhere else.' Like Happiness is amazing work. I'm filled with gratitude for it."
 ~Alan Davis, author of Alone with the Owl and Rumors from the Lost World.

About Michael Hettich:

Michael Hettich's books of poetry include FLOCK AND SHADOW: New and Selected Poems (New Rivers 2005), SWIMMER DREAMS (Turning Point 2004) and the just-released LIKE HAPPINESS (Anhinga press, 2010). His most recent chapbook, MANY LOVES (2007), won the Yellow Jacket Press Award for Florida Poets. A new book of poems, THE ANIMALS BEYOND US, is forthcoming (in 2011) from New Rivers Press. He teaches at Miami Dade College and lives with his family in Miami Shores, FLA. His website is

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