Tuesday, December 8, 2009


peeling an orange

              my father did it this way

       with suicide hands

(first publication)

“Detail” added to Poems, Slightly Used.

In the Forum: broken glass and bottle caps.


N. God Savage said...

I like this.


Joseph Hutchison said...

I love poems that transform the ordinary. I'll never be able to peel an orange again without thinking of these lines!

William Michaelian said...

Thank you both. And to think it took me only fifty-three years to write it...

-K- said...

William - I just sent you an e-mail but I'm not sure its the one that I've used in the past.

Anyway, without giving too much away, I just wanted you - and everybody else - to know what a powerful book "The Painting of You" is.

Among all its other qualities, it might be the quietest book I have ever read.

Simply amazing.

William Michaelian said...

Kevin, I did receive your email — in fact I had just signed in when it arrived.

I’m deeply moved by your kind, perceptive letter, as well as your comment here.

And grateful.

Thanks again.

Elisabeth said...

It's those suicide hands, they jump out at you, such a shock.

I see the knife slip and blood red on orange.

William Michaelian said...

Interesting ... this would be quite a place to start a story or film.

John said...

Very fine, moving, remarkable poem.

William Michaelian said...

John, thanks very much.