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The Ledge: Poems

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Michael Collier's much acclaimed fourth collection of poetry poises experience on the ledge between the everyday and the unknown. In THE LEDGE, the poems are narrative and colloquial, musical and crystalline, at once intimate and sharp-edged. The world is rendered beautifully mysterious as the poems slide into unexpected emotional territory. The artistry and directness of ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 17th 2002 by Mariner Books (first published April 19th 2000)
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Think "127 Hours" meets "Touching the Void" and you have The Ledge.

Based on a true story about two guys who hiked Mt Ranier one fateful day - the book takes weaves from present to past in a tangible way so that everything before ties into to what happens later. The author was personable - giving insight into what makes "those people" who risk their lives to climb mountains tick... what drives them up the next mountain and what keeps them going even after significant trauma and loss. This book,
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Michael Collier taught at UMCP and read some of his poems at my department's graduation. I still remember the one about Odysseus's dog. It's powerful.

Another fun side note: He used one of the poems in this book when he was invited to compete in a poetry slam against some local high school students. It's about the time someone walked in on him naked.
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Michael Robert Collier (born 1953) is an American poet, teacher, creative writing program administrator and editor. He has published five books of original poetry, a translation of Euripedes' Medea, a book of prose pieces about poetry, and has edited three anthologies of poetry. From 2001 to 2004 he was the Poet Laureate of Maryland. As of 2011, he is the director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Confer ...more
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