Ann Michaels Fugitive Pieces

Anne Michaels

“The shadow past is shaped by everything that never happened.”

(from Fugitive Pieces, 1996, Vintage)

I discovered her poetry through her first novel. I have never read a more poetic work of prose. Sometimes when I need inspiration, when my soul craves an infusion of beautiful words like a junkie needs cocaine, I dip into her poems. Both were gifts from my father-in-law. You can find some on this site.