This Early Dark


An old letter from you--I close my eyes to read the rest.





The shoe does not know there's another. 




The laugh down the hall.  The rented morning.

She remembers having wings.



(So many readers have commented on the next poem:)

I thought you touched me but it was the rain







This Early Dark is a valuable and inspirational collection.


         Catherine Butler, Writers Review


To see Catherine's review of This Early Dark:


I find it astonishing how each sentence creates an invisible story

that rises like a fog from the words and ends with a question mark.


           Patty Campbell




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Michael Cadnum is the author of thirty-six books,
both fiction and poetry, including Saint Peter's Wolf 
and the National Book Award Finalist The Book of the Lion.
This Early Dark presents micro-poetry and
ultra-flash fiction written over a forty-year period, 
and brings to further life Cadnum's fascination
with desire and discovery.     

Cadnum knocks us off our platitudes

and sends us sliding elsewhere...

and we are smoothly swept

into a new field of perception. 


       Ted Kooser, The Georgia Review



 Horse Eagle Press



All photos and art Michael Cadnum


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