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Michael S. Harper

Michael S. Harper was a poet, scholar, and teacher. His many books of poetry earned him multiple awards including the National Institute of Arts and Letters Creative Writing Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

Summer 1982

Memorial Meetings

By Michael S. Harper

for Robert Hayden, 1913-1980 Clearing your throatat the high-falutin’ antics of friends,in the first public light(hidden confrontations, admissions,confessions)—the jazz bandcould not play, locked out ofreconstructed Paradise theatricalsin the old section […]

Summer 1982

For My Father

By Michael S. Harper

I look over the old photosfor the U S Hotel fire,1900 Saratoga Springs,where your grandfatherwas chef on loanfrom Catskillwhere you were bon. The grapes from his arborsing in my mouth;the […]

Summer 1982

Horse-Trading

By Michael S. Harper

for Henri Coulette Either the track or the glue factory,he got both,but the image of the horsecockhanging there at eye levelis all she ever got of the saddle. And so […]

Fall 1980

News from Fort Ancient

By Michael S. Harper

platinum is the best curefor cancersince we can’t find gold— James Wright, 1927-1980           Don’t ask me, now, Jim Wright, why this place comes to mind but it is not arrowhead […]