Michael J. Whelan

Ars Poetica:

That scrawny cry – It was
A chorister whose c preceded the choir

            "Not Ideas About the Thing But the Thing Itself"
                                                                         Wallace Stevens


below my lamp before my pen

is put to pad they

a procession of C’s
a solo O long lost

an N escaped
from send

an acolyte I

from the deep

that know no

seeking to conceive
their own conception


over my empty

like the Spirit

over the stunned

Michael J. Whelan has studied poetry with Angela Budy Hollander at the Gettysburg Writers Conference and Robert Pinsky at the Aspen Literary Festival. His work will be appearing in The Healing Muse, The Cynic, The Little Patuxent Review, and Coachella Review; in addition, he is at work on a collection of poems tentatively titled After God. He lives and works in Washington, D.C.



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