In Active Gods, Michael J. Henry examines what it means to be both parent and child, and his poems reveal threads between these dual identities in small, specific moments: the shared experience of growing up, losing out, escaping, and then resolving to try again. With imagery that is both familiar and personal, Active Gods creates a world where memories bubble up to themselves known, however “crudely made.”
Advance Praise for Active Gods:
“I love the atmosphere of Henry’s poems, the feeling of them tilting on the edge of something. On one side: a plainspoken everyman. On the other side: a man of complex feelings and thoughts, a man who notices things about the world and its inhabitants that both delight us and break our hearts. This is what good poets do: take us to places we recognize, but through a different lens or through a new door.” -Thomas Lux, author of Child Made of Sand: Poems
Author Michael J Henry is co-founder and Executive Director of Lighthouse Writers Workshop, an independent creative writing center located in downtown Denver. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared in places such as 5280 Magazine, Georgetown Review, Threepenny Review, Pleiades, and Rio Grande Review. Over the years, he’s been awarded a Colorado Council on the Arts fellowship, a PlatteForum fellowship, an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College, and an undergraduate degree in English from University of Rochester. Recently, he collaborated with choreographer Garrett Ammon on a full-length narrative ballet, Intersection, which was performed by Ballet Nouveau Colorado in 2010 and 2011. Born in Buffalo, New York, he currently lives in Thornton, Colorado with his wife and two daughters.