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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Steel Toe Books (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982416903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982416907
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,627,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My first fantasy novel, Wytchfire (Book 1 in the Dragonkin Trilogy) was published by Red Adept Publishing. The book went on to win the Whirling Prize from the Kellogg Writers Series, and was nominated for a 2015 Readers' Choice Award in fantasy by the premier book review website, Big Al's Books & Pals. The sequel, Knightswrath, is out now, and the final volume, Kingsteel, is now available for pre-order!

Meanwhile, I've been writing and publishing poetry for many years. My fourth poetry book, What To Do If You're Buried Alive, was just released by Split Lip Press. My third, Damnatio Memoriae (lit. "damned memory"), won the Brick Road Poetry Book Contest. I'm also the author of two other poetry books: Leaving Iowa (winner of the Liam Rector First Book Award) and Blue Collar Eulogies (Steel Toe Books, finalist for the Grub Street Book Prize).

In addition to my full-length poetry books, I've also published five poetry chapbooks: Pure Elysium (winner of the Palettes and Quills Chapbook Contest), The Clay-Shaper's Husband (winner of the Codhill Press Chapbook Award), Real Courage (winner of the Terminus Magazine and Jeanne Duval Editions Poetry Chapbook Prize), The Right Madness of Beggars (winner of the Uccelli Press 3rd Annual Chapbook Competition), and Cardboard Urn (winner of the Copperdome Chapbook Contest).

I've also won the Marjorie J. Wilson Best Poem Contest, the Laureate Prize for Poetry, the James Wright Poetry Award, and the Annie Finch Prize for Poetry. My work has appeared in Ploughshares, North American Review, Arts & Letters, River Styx, Quick Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and other journals.

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What do you do when a poem selected at random from a book written by a poet you don't know and purchased at a whim takes you completely by surprise? Well, if you are me, you drop everything and start reading the rest of the book. At first (again, if you are like me) you flip through the pages stopping at odd intervals and reading to make certain what you read was not a fluke. Then, after it's confirmed that there is something to the book and poet, you go to page one and start reading. That's what happened with me when I picked up my recently arrived copy of Michael Meyerhofer's book, Blue Collar Eulogies.

When I started reading the book from the beginning I started to see a pattern emerge. Meyerhofer is going about the business of taking everyday observations and connecting them to the rest of the world with such a confidence it is simply astonishing. The opening poem, "The Trouble with Hammers" starts off simply enough, but within the confines of a single poem, the reader is treated to the myriad of subjects Meyerhofer finds intriguing. What is more, he does not seem to be frightened by the prospect of the poem being more than a single thought. Meyerhofer lets the poem wander from one thought to the next in an organic stream of consciousness vision. This is not the exception in this book ,but rather the rule, where Meyerhofer succeeds in creating a place where all things, it is discovered, are connected through his experiences.

On a personal level, I cannot help but identify with much of the poet's sensbilities, especially when he reveals elements of his difficult childhood. Whether it is the school bully, poverty, or the awkwardness of building social skills, Meyerhofer is very open about the events which colored his youth.
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One measure of how great a book is: you loan it out and it's passed from person to person so many times that you never actually get it back. Honestly, this is usually not the fate of a contemporary poetry collection. But Michael Meyerhofer's poems have the goods to transcend the usual boundaries of audience, and that's why I'm on my second copy of Blue Collar Eulogies. I'm sure it won't be the last one I own, either.

The sheer range of subjects and references at Meyerhofer's command makes every poem in the book a neat surprise. Ancient pottery in one poem, keyboard shortcuts in another. The size of whale brains in one stanza, The Kingston Trio in another. The ancient Egyptians in one line, Pedialyte in the next. But his movements are so natural, so perfect that you barely notice them. Then you backtrack, reread, and you're amazed how far you actually travel in a Meyerhofer poem. Yet, every poem is grounded in real human emotion at the same time.

This is great stuff from one of the best poets going right now.
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I love this book of poetry. Meyerhofer's work is vividly well written. The groups of poems each have their own feel, but his style shines throughout. This is what contemporary poetry should be. He uses plenty of description and poetic devices, but with none of the stuffiness (or on the other end, wackiness) that some poets get. And he doesn't pull any punches. One of the few books of poetry that I want to read again and again.
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These poems possess a real and abiding sense of compassion--and it's not a cheap sentiment, it's one that comes off as earned through the awful grace of suffering, and it is consistently delivered with warmth and care, like the author understands just what might be at stake. This book may make you feel a little less alone.

Mr. Meyerhofer is a very good poet, and he keeps getting better.
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