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"Dante Micheaux's poetry is always musical. He plays in a group with Cavafy, Lorca, Komunyakaa. His instrument is a clear exact voice with his heart beating so loud you can hear it. He has highs and lows that reach into something Greek, into jazz, into the blues, into metaphysical English poetry. He pulls all this off remaining wonderfully African-American." STANLEY MOSS" The passionate music woven through Dante Micheaux's Amorous Shepherd emanates out of a deep belief of human possibility and trust. Basic and highly sensual, this collection unfolds with a disrobing of body and soul. Each compressed, terse poem pops with shaped certainty. There isn't anything overly precious in these poems, but only a marvelous sonority and sincerity that go directly for the experienced heart. Yusef Komunyakaa. If the ecstatic runs through so much of Amorous Shepherd--that state of near-mystic ecstasy where vision seems independent of the flesh -- there is also something here of Cavafy's rueful nostalgia, the literal aching for home, and that home the body. In poems of controlled elegance, crossed with passion, Micheaux reminds us that desire may well destroy us, but it can also allow us to "heal the anguish in each other." Book of restlessness. Book of grace. Carl Phillips
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ISBN-10:  1931357803
ISBN-13:  978-1931357807
Author:  Dante Micheaux
Publisher:  Sheep Meadow
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Micheaux, Dante. "Amorous Shepherd: Poems", Sheep Meadow, 2010.    Lyrically Lovely    Amos Lassen    Dante Micheaux writes musical poetry that lets you feel his emotions. Reading him is like going to a symphony were the orchestra plays every genre of music possible. His poems seem to cover every topic and issue and as we read him we sense his faith in humanity. His sensuality is evident and amazing and he treats a poem as if he were undressing …
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