lifestyles within the moment Circle is the 1st assortment from Michael Cantor, finalist within the 2011 capable Muse publication Award. Cantor's poetry globe-trots in time and position. It teems with such culturally assorted characters and scenes as Genghis Khan and Muhammad Ali; a pithy mise-en-scène of a Venice travelogue; Brighton seashore in Florida and its natives or turistas; and what can ensue in Japan on tatami mats or in the back of shoji displays, no matter if you’re a geisha or samurai or gaijin. His subject matters span the paranormal to the hard-edged and “badass,” fluently deployed in formal poems in obtained or nonce kinds and loose verse. From the narrative to the imagistic or even the surreal, Cantor's versecraft is eclectic, brimming with wit and knowledge, and discovered with the craft of a grasp storyteller. He has created a set of certain pleasures to not be missed.
PRAISE for all times within the moment CIRCLE:
Dante’s moment circle of hell used to be reserved for sins of lust, yet Cantor’s narrator doesn't pass judgement on his infernal solid of characters; quite, he explanations us to spot with their crucial human neediness. What’s extra, he does so via a cinematic reward for storytelling and a mastery of poetic form.
– Julie Kane
Michael Cantor makes use of phrases to color and sculpt the realm. He writes the area too—which I don’t say as an afterthought, considering that verbal wit is Cantor’s strong point. lifestyles within the moment Circle is a sensory kaleidoscope the place the poems are extra like movies.
– Deborah Warren (from the “Foreword”)
To be referred to as “a poet’s poet” passes for a praise between poets. Michael Cantor is one other, rarer form of poet—let’s say “a novelist’s poet.” This poet is familiar with issues that writers of fiction learn about writing, and that different poets forget about at their peril. This amazing assortment is testomony to his unaffected generosity and actual curiosity in people, features that make him sturdy corporation in individual and in print.
– Alfred Nicol
This isn't really your mother’s ebook of poems.
– Wendy Videlock
Like Muhammad Ali, one of many “Box males” he celebrates in a virtuosic crown of sonnets, Cantor is a grasp of floating like a butterfly in a small, roped-off house. In his fingers the main formidably tough forms—villanelles, triolets, Petrarchan sonnets, sestinas, ballades, and both rigorous stanzas of his personal invention—become spurs to resourceful freedom. just like the vividly drawn characters who populate existence within the moment Circle, we're continuously reminded that one by no means is familiar with the place lifestyles will cross, or how or while or the place. yet it’s a excitement to be alongside for the ride.
– Catherine Tufariello
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michael Cantor’s paintings has seemed in degree, The darkish Horse, The Raintown overview, Umbrella, SCR, Margie, Chimaera and diverse different journals, e-zines and anthologies. His honors contain the hot England Poetry membership Erika Mumford (2006) and Gretchen Warren (2008) Prizes. He has been a finalist or semifinalist within the Howard Nemerov, Donald Justice, Richard Wilbur and Morton Marr Award competitions. A chapbook, The Performer, was once released via Pudding condominium Press in 2007. a local New Yorker, he has lived and labored in Japan, Europe and Latin the USA, and now lives on Plum Island, MA.