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THE COLOR OF DUST
HEAT LINES
IN NATURAL LIGHT
IN PLAIN SIGHT
THE RED MENACE
SELECTED POEMS
THE SKY AT ASHLAND



The Color of Dust
Copyright © 1986
by Michael Anania
Moyer Bell Ltd
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Moody, imagistic, strangely haunting and well-turned, Anania strums a panoply of sounds and movements that become a poetry of musical excellence on a plane with Eliot's Preludes....One of the best first books of the decade. — Los Angeles Times



Heat Lines
Copyright © 2006
by Michael Anania
Moyer Bell Ltd
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Anania ranges after such large thematic game as the occasions of desire, consolation, departure, tolerance and uncertainty. He often succeeds by careful indirection and reflection. — Chicago Magazine

Heat lines are the lines created in the excited air just above the highway in summer. Michael Anania's new collection of poems deals with the energies provoked by image, memory, history, and myth. Anania's verse idiom has been widely praised for its precision, rich language and lyric musicality. The Midwestern landscape from his earlier work reappears here, fused in one poem with a Miles Davis tune. Chicago is here as well, concrete, busy and filled with blues and jazz. There is also a vivid sequence set in Calabria, which engages the southern Italian present and its mythic past. — from the publisher



In Natural Light
Copyright © 1999
by Michael Anania
Moyer Bell Ltd
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In Natural Light is a new collection of the poetry of Michael Anania. As in his earlier work, Anania's lyrical meditations reveal vivid imagery and compelling use of language. His depth of perception and remarkable ear create a timeless collage of people and place. — from the jacket

Anania resembles Robert Creeley. But his own verse often turns on the meanings of self: from an old photograph, he extrapolates the self /in a prospect of birds ("Somewhat Gray and Graceful"); in "Missing Matter," he captures the selfs ceaseless /hunger; a drawing on papyrus prompts him to sing, "O self, self ... "; and in "As Semblance, Though," he charts a multiplicity of selves. Despite all this abstract self-regard, Anania's no narcissist; he's primarily a poet of moments and images. — Kirkus Reviews


In Plain Sight
Copyright © 1993
by Michael Anania
Moyer Bell Ltd
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From poet/essayist Anania: well-honed essays, many reprinted from Chicago Magazine or The Chicago Tribune, that touch upon a variety of topics — including the American automobile, the best way to choose a tie, and the literary output of Spiro Agnew. — Kirkus Reviews


The Red Menace
Copyright © 1993
by Michael Anania
Moyer Bell Ltd
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Anania's novel The Red Menace (1984) demonstrate[s] an intensely evocative sense of place. — Kirkus Reviews



Selected Poems
Copyright © 1994
by Michael Anania
Asphodel Press
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Mr Anania's precursors include Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Charles Olsen. Like Robert Creeley, the poet whom he most resembles, he is interested primarily in the articulation of consciousness, and his work is notable more for what it excludes than for what it includes. — New York Times Book Review


The Sky at Ashland
Copyright © 1986
by Michael Anania
Moyer Bell Ltd
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Anania ranges after such large thematic game as the occasions of desire, consolation, departure, tolerance, and uncertainty. He often succeeds by careful indirection and reflection. — Chicago Magazine


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