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MARY MICHAELS  has been based for many years in London, having worked in the Midlands and the USA after completing a first degree at Bristol University (later taking an MA in Psychology).

Her most recent publication is Squint, (The Other Press, 2011) and Caret Mark, her seventh pamphlet, appeared from Hearing Eye in 2008.

Assassins (Sea Cow Press) and  My Life in Films (The Other Press) a collection of prose fictions, were published in 2006.

She was chosen by Staple magazine in 2005 as one of thirteen 'Alternative Generation Poets' for her New and Selected Poems: The Shape of the Rock (Sea Cow, 2003). Her fiction was included in Standís special Short Fiction Issue (Autumn 2004) edited by Lorna Tracy.

Her work is represented in numerous magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review and three of the Arts Council New Poetry series. She has also published a number of essays on contemporary poetry and has made a special study of the 20th century British writer Joan Barton.


Comments on Caret Mark:

The poems are filled with life ...  they are thought-provoking and strange, and Mary Michaels has a wonderful ear for the language of speech.

George Simmers,  Sphinx

 I've rarely read poems that occupy so much ground ... while appearing so modest.

Todd Swift,  Poetry London

and on The Shape of the Rock

A poetry of the nerve endings, a kind of visceral inner music ...


The book has unity and integrity,  the poems are precise,  pointed and contemporary  in interest, and the craft is superb.

Poetry Scotland 

The kind of work which endures ...

Maggie Hannan,  Alt-Gen selector


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collections -
The Other Press;

pamphlet -
"Caret Mark",
Hearing Eye

collection -
"The Shape of the Rock"
and pamphlet -
Sea Cow Press

collection -
prose fictions
"My Life in Films",
The Other Press

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