Today's poem is "Diagnosing God"
from Blue Collar Eulogies

Steel Toe Books

Michael Meyerhofer's first book, Leaving Iowa, won the Liam Rector First Book Award. He has also won the James Wright Poetry Award, the Annie Finch Prize, the Laureate Prize, the Copperdome Chapbook Contest, the Uccelli Chapbook Contest, the Codhill Press Chapbook Contest, and the Terminus Magazine Chapbook Contest. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, River Styx, Arts & Letters, North American Review, MARGIE and other journals.

Other poems by Michael Meyerhofer in Verse Daily:
June 16, 2007:   "Iconography of the Heart" " We see it haunting lockets, cards..."
October 19, 2006:   "The Trouble with Hammers" " The trouble with owning hammers..."

Books by Michael Meyerhofer:

Other poems on the web by Michael Meyerhofer:
"Poem for a Stranger"
"The Diggers"
Two poems
"Poem Written For My Grandfather Talking About Suicide"
"The Mennonite Girl"
"The Man with Half an Ear Gets His Hair Cut"
"Portrait of a Midwestern Exile on Wheels"
Four poems
"I Christen Thee, My Higgs Boson"
"Tornado Alley"
"Iconography of the Heart"

Michael Meyerhofer's Website.

About Blue Collar Eulogies:

"Michael Meyerhofer takes us with him everywhere he goes, from the back rooms of hash-slingers to the Star of Africa. He weighs a whale's brain and imagines the "cattle-dark eyes" of Neanderthals. I like these poems, kinetic and half-crazed, they remind me that poetry is an explosion, that energy plus mass equals a dark magic."
—Dorianne Laux

"Again and again, Michael Meyerhofer fools us into feeling sorry for ourselves for being so vulnerable, so open, so stupidly hopeful, in spite of all the evidence. And just when we're ready to take out the handkerchiefs he zaps us: it's always been like this. That's the whole point. Meyerhofer's tough, lovely poems remind us that the aim of being human, of moving through what Keats called "this Vale of Soul-Making," is to rise above ourselves, to take this sorry predicament and turn it into something shining and valuable."
—George Bilgere

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