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I can hardly think when a book has spoken to me as well, or in as many ways, as Mike Daley s Way Out There: Lyrical Essays. This was not completely apparent on first reading; too old to have experienced the 60s, I read those chapters distantly, as another well-written counterculture narrative. But Daley brings an unusual sensibility that of a poet, teacher, and naturalist, with years of preparation (aborted at the last moment) for the Roman Catholic priesthood. He is a brilliant and quiet observer: read The Duckabush, the Dosey, and the Hamma Hamma for an explanation of why national parks won t save the planet. Climate & Currency is as good an essay on economics as I ve read. Daley s range is wide, from refugees, to how he became a poet, to his time in a Budapest hospital just after 9/11. This is memoir that glints and deepens, like light and shadow on a stream. In fact a river figures in what is to me the most memorable essay, For the One Among Us Who Will Be the First to Die. Into this deceptively simple account of an ice-skating expedition, Daley has woven first love, the natural world, and his decision not to become a priest. It is an incomparable short story. This is a book to read more than once maybe even more than twice. - William Bridges
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Dec 27, 2006
Publisher Aequitas Books
ISBN 1929355327 ISBN13 9781929355327
Availability 0 units.
More About Michael Daley
Michael Daley was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1947, and attended public schools there until entering a junior seminary at 14 to study for the Catholic priesthood and become a member of the Salesian Order, an experience which has informed much of his writing. Seven years later, he left the religious order, worked as a copy-boy for the Boston Herald-Traveler, as a taxi driver, and later as an assistant in the first Special Education program in the country. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts in downtown Boston while on his tenth hitchhiking trip across the United States. In 1972 he settled in Port Townsend, Washington, where he worked for Olypmic Reforestation, a tree-planting collective. In 1976, he co-founded Empty Bowl press and published several issues of Dalmo'ma and the Dalmo'ma series, as well as numerous collections of poetry from Pacific Northwest writers. Empty Bowl published his book, The Straits, in 1983. From 1983 to 1988 he worked for both the Washington State Arts Commission's Poets-In-the-Schools program and Massachusetts' Artist Collaborative. From 1984 to 2005, he published six chapbooks of poetry, as well as numerous poems and essays in national and local periodicals, anthologies, and on various web- & blog sites. In 1990 he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. In 2007 Pleasure boat Studio published Way Out There: Lyrical Essays. He has been an English teacher at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Washington, since 1990. He lives at Lake McMurray with his wife, Kathy and sixteen year old son, Theo.
Michael Daley currently resides in Mt. Vernon, in the state of Washington. Michael Daley was born in 1947.