Michael’s Books

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The Palm Reading after The Toad’s Garden

Michael Dickel’s highly engaging fourth book gathers flash fiction written in recent years—from a series of surreal memoryscapes to flash thrillers to psychological experiments. This hybrid writing blurs genre lines across poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and philosophy in an entertaining montage of imagery. The woman with a beard—the unnamed main character of the first series of stories—travels as much in her mind as in the world around her, but somehow all merges with her memories to reveal emotional realities of being human. She and the toad commune somehow, through magical surrealism and mystical physics.


War Surrounds Us

Michael Dickel’s third book of poetry collects poems he wrote during the Israel-Hamas conflict of summer, 2014. The poems evoke a resistance to the violence all around, and make acute observations of its effects on family and daily life—from the provocations before, through the disruptions of rockets falling on Jerusalem and devastating loss of human life during attacks on Gaza, and past the line of failed cease fires to an uneasy truce. The closely observed incongruence of daily life while war rages comes through as the poet witnesses his young son’s responses and considers the question of the future we want versus the one that is coming.


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Buy The Palm Reading after The Toad's Garden for $15.00 and get War Surrounds Us for 1/2 price ($5)!


Breakfast at the End of Capitalism poetry chap by Michael Dickel cover image
Breakfast at the End of Capitalism
poetry chap
click to download

Then Strains to Follow
an online chapbook