PSNH Presents on June 27th @ 7pm (ET): Michael Brosnan: On Being Adrift and Reconnecting Through Poetry

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Date(s) - June 27, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Michael Brosnan is wearing shorts and a tee shirt and a red baseball cap. He is sitting on the rocky bank of a fast flowing river with a mountain in the back ground.Join PSNH on Tuesday, June 27th, 2023 with Michael BrosnanOn Being Adrift and Reconnecting Through Poetry

Michael will read new and old poems and discuss how poetry can be a path to reconnection when feeling adrift in a disconnected world.

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Bio: Michael Brosnan is the author of two poetry collections, The Sovereignty of the Accidental (Harbor Mountain Press, 2018) and Adrift (Grayson Books, 2023).

About his first collection, poet Naomi Shihab Nye writes, “A stunning book…. Poems which stir language, memory, momentary intense awareness, to give us back the bracing joy of clear thinking.” Poet Eamon Grennan writes, “His is a voice of both musical and intellectual authority, and The Sovereignty of the Accidental is an impressive, deeply satisfying debut.” One reviewer adds, “This book contains some of the best contemporary poetry I’ve come across. It has a lot of humor, honesty, deep thinking, real profundity. Wild creativity at times…. I felt like it was my first Aha! poetry moment with a contemporary in far too long.”

About Adrift, poet Ralph Sneeden writes, “Brosnan is a shrewd, seductive observer, flirting with ‘the searing knowledge of impermanence,’ yes, but also deciphering a way to survive from the ‘hieroglyphics’ of the natural world, ‘Some truth/about the art of living and perishing/in the flow of things.’ I love the poems in this book, would gladly remain adrift in the subtle music of their multifaceted lineation, their authentic undulating meditations on ‘the stubborn art of hope.’”

Michael is also the author or Against the Current (Heineman), a work of nonfiction focused on urban school reform. He served for over two decades as the editor of an award-winning magazine on precollegiate education and writes often on the topic. He also serves as senior editor for the website Teaching While White, a resource for educators that seeks to move the conversation forward on how to be consciously, intentionally, anti-racist in the classroom.

Michael lives in Exeter, New Hampshire.