"A lyricist at heart, McGriff is a masterful maker of metaphor."Third Coast
"There is majestic beauty in these descriptions, and it is clear that McGriff honors this place as a placenot as mere setting, but as a distinct element of his verse."Gently Read Literature
Michael McGriff's second full-length collection explores interior landscapes and illustrates life in a rural community in the Pacific Northwest. Whether tender or hard-hitting, McGriff juxtaposes natural images of deep forests, creeks, coyotes, and crows against the harsher oil-grease realities of blue-collar life, creating poems that read like folk tales about the people working in grain mills, forests, and factories.
The new law says you can abandon your child in an emergency room, no questions asked. The young father carries the sleeping boy through the hospital doors. Later, alone, parked at the boat basin, he takes a knife from his pocket, cuts an unfiltered cigarette in two, lights the longer half in his mouth. He was a medic in the war. In his basement are five bronze eagles that once adorned the walls of a dictator's palace.
Michael McGriff attended the University of Oregon; the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow in creative writing; and Stanford University, where he was a Stegner Fellow. He is the co-founding editor and publisher of Tavern Books and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Michael McGriff's books include Home Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice selection; Dismantling the Hills; a translation of Tomas Tranströmer's The Sorrow Gondola (Green Integer, 2010); and an edition of David Wevill's essential writing, To Build My Shadow a Fire. He is a former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and his work has been recognized with a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. J. M. Tyree is the author of BFI Film Classics: Salesman, and the coauthor, with Ben Walters, of BFI Film Classics: The Big Lebowski, from the British Film Institute. His writing on cinema has been published in Sight & Sound, The Believer, and Film Quarterly. A former Truman Capote-Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University, he currently works as an associate editor of New England Review.