Dunn, Michael The Poet's Sanctuary

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The Poet's Sanctuary

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At the age of 20, Michael Dunn with his first collection The Poet’s Sanctuary hopes to show the depth of the so-called "MTV Generation." With poems covering a variety of topics, he goes from questioning to introspective, but always remains honest. His voice carries a blend of both maturity and youthful energy, for example: with the title poem, "Poet’s Sanctuary," Michael speaks not only upon the complexities of relationships, but that of art and the artist. The poem, "Secret Admirer," sings of romance and longing while moving between the languages of Spanish and English. Also included are two short stories, "Cruelty" and "The Stranger" showcasing his abilities as a storyteller as well. "Cruelty," a short one page humorous take on school and "The Stranger" about a lonely wanderer with a dark secret. After reading the collection, the author hopes that readers of all ages will be able to take something away from the experience.

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About the Author:

Michael Dunn is a graduate of the University of Maine.

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The Poet’s Sanctuary

I, alone, stroll down the moonlit avenue
The burning cold of the fall breeze in my face.
I hunch up my heavy shoulders and
Bury my hands in their pockets
To protect them from fall's fire.
My shallow breath appears as
Misty gray clouds before my eyes,
As if I were smoking a cigarette.
Tonight is quieter than usual,
No voices ringing in the eternal
New year at the local pub,
No late night strollers,
Other than me of course,
Searching and pacing for
What they'll never find.

Only perfect silence.

Staring at my feet
As they slap the freezing concrete,
I get a sudden sensation to look up.

It's an illustrious brick house,
With many glowing yellow windows.
So many, the building extended for a block
At the least.
The Poet's Sanctuary
A black and gold embossed sign tells me.

Fancying myself a part-time poet,
I walk up to one of the windows.
Inside I see a young woman,
No older than myself, in a room
Adorned with colorful posters and memorabilia.
Most likely her heroes.

Through the thick glass I hear
The rumbling bass of music.

Her hair is long and auburn,
Her body hunched over a notebook
Writing away furiously.

With a sudden jerk her body tightens
And then relaxes. She glances my way
And smiles a small grin.

She picks up the notebook,
And carrying it close to her heart
Walks over to the window.

Her beautiful features warm me.

Through her reddened brown eyes
She communicates a wanting to share,
And presses the notebook
Against the thick glass.

I read the most amazing words
I've ever seen,
They seem to ring true in every
Part of my body.

I show her
My feelings with the largest smile
I could muster.

She smiles in return.

From my jacket pocket
I pull out a folded piece
Of notebook paper, a poem
I wrote the night before.

My best yet.

Her eyes brighten at the sight
And she gives me an even bigger smile.
Nervously I press my poem up against The thick glass.

I watch her eyes move rapidly
Left to right left to right . . . then slow down.

A dull tint enters her once bright brown eyes.
Finished, she nods and I take
The paper back slowly, realizing
I was trembling.

She gives a polite smile,
The kind one receives from a
Sympathetic sycophant.

She waves me adieu
And then slowly walks
Back to her desk and
Returns to work.

Tears freeze my cheeks
As I crumple the paper back into
My pocket and walk away
From the window.

I continue my walk down the avenue,
Each light in the sanctuary turning off
As I approach.

Soon I am alone, cold, and in the dark.

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