Garden of Rain (Le Jardin de Pluie)

 
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In Garden of Rain, Mike Maggio sweeps us up in his existential quest, beginning with: I’ve forgotten who I am. Searching for intimacy, but skeptical of disclosure, he asks, If I showed you my secrets.../ Would you swiftly seize them / drag them to your righteous court / for all to persecute and see? Finally, Maggio’s finely-honed language brings him to this conclusion: ...listen to your soul / let life’s mysteries fill you with song....Yes, indeed!
—Nancy Scott, Author of Running Down Broken Cement
Mike Maggio’s poetry should be lingered over. His voice is both refreshing and deeply disturbing, both lyrical and stark. His is a rich world of mostly unrequited love, a world that is both magical but firmly rooted in urban reality: a woman offering a plate of brownies on a stairwell; a green bowl that’s not green but black and red; a sky that becomes a dusky mirror for passing love. Social issues are infused with jasmine, peppered with an awareness of nature that surrounds us. You only need to listen.
—Joanna Chen, Poet, Journalist, Translator
Haunted Garden is a wry voyage in which the sublime, like disaster, is always ahead and behind, in memory and expectation. It lets us know experience stalks innocence. Innocence haunts experience, leading to his conclusion: “I suppose that’s what happens / once you’ve been to the moon.” A beautiful book, filled with direct, lyrical images. I’d like to go again.
—Joe Hall, Author of The Devotional Poems

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Mike Maggio has published fiction, poetry, travel and reviews in Potomac Review, The Montserrat Review, Pleiades, Apalachee Quarterly, The Northern Virginia Review, The L.A. Weekly, The Washington City Paper, Beltway Quarterly, Pig Iron, DC Poets Against the War and others. His books include Your Secret is Safe With Me (Black Bear Publications, 1988), Oranges From Palestine (Mardi Gras Press, 1996), Sifting Through the Madness (Xlibris, 2001), deMOCKcracy (Plain View Press, 2007) and The Keepers (March Street Press 2011). His novel, The Wizard and the White House (Little Feather Books) was released in 2014. He is an adjunct assistant professor at Northern Virginia Community College and a graduate of George Mason University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He lives in Herndon, Virginia with his wife and children. His web site is www.mikemaggio.net

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