I was born in Akron, Ohio in 1964, but now call the Deep South home. My interest in creative writing started at a very early age, after several teachers entered my class assignments into regional and national writing competitions. I had my first professional publication credit at age 16. I mostly write poetry and microshort fiction, but have also started writing humor essays. Some of these essays were scheduled to appear on the labels of gourmet coffee cans from Portland, Oregon. Others appear in my print titles "Growing Up Bulldog: The Stowbilly Chronicles" and "All That To Say This".
My work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and journals over the years, including The Iconoclast, Miller's Pond, Midwest Poetry Review, Whatever Remembers Us and Will Work For Peace (new political poems). I have also created a series of visualized poems based on the collection available here at Smashwords. They can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/channels/michaelpollick or at my YouTube channel.
If you would like to participate in my Beans for Books program, follow this link and order your favorite ebook titles. http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/Search?Query=Michael+Pollick All proceeds will go towards the purchase of bagged rice or dry beans for the needy in my area. My church distributes these items every second Saturday of the month. For every 5 downloads of a FREE title, I will personally donate a bag of rice or beans.
Here's my first professional review:
"By John Davis For The Decatur Daily | 0 comments
ALL THAT TO SAY THIS.
By Michael Pollick.
CreateSpace, $5.75, paperback.
I found this collection of essays, vignettes and poetry captivating. Indeed, the essays and poetry are each uniquely valuable, for they reveal entirely different aspects of this gifted writer. I found this collection worthwhile, and here’s why.
Michael Pollick, born and raised in Ohio, and now a Decatur resident, offers a treasure trove of humor. Most intriguing, however, we learn that he is not only genuinely funny, as his essays on school life (and coffee!) reveal, but he is also a mature, intense, thoughtful poet.
You can tell when someone is funny when he can make you laugh, when reading by yourself, about places and people you never met. Pollick is a humorist in the vein of Mark Twain.
He takes relatively benign events, such as his home town’s Fourth of July parade, his grade school’s bizarre teachers and his high school’s social engineering and make them so funny you want to tell someone. I suppose what I found most appealing was his Jay Leno style of using exaggerated “psycho babble” to explain school days manipulations by psychological experimentation.
Pollick does as well as Bill Cosby, whose spelling class, scary kid stories, and Fat Albert reminiscences remain among our funniest memories. You’ll have to read the book to enjoy the tales of the little Spock-throttled third grade prisoners marching to the demands of their Skinner box school days.
What’s more, you’ll find the coffee essays equally entertaining. Not only coffee, though, but rambling thoughts on Saturday morning cartoons, mattresses and broken thermos bottles will keep you reading one short vignette after another. You’ll find you don’t want the list to end. And might I add his list of defined coffee terms is an absolute hoot!
And then you get to the poetry. You find a different man writing here. Here we find a sensitive, indeed, poignant poet. We read of nostalgia and of the sense of loss. I find links to the earlier humor in an unusual way. A writer who can draw us back to common experiences which make us laugh, can also do as well to make us cry. I read “Bringing the Wendy’s” and knew this poem would live long after we are all gone.
Pollick’s books are available on Amazon.com and Createspace.com."
Where to find Michael Pollick online
Where to buy in print
VideosBreath of a Child's Undoing (visualized poem)
This piece is part of my Jerusalem Engine Repair Company visualized poetry/microshort story collection. All of these poems and microshort stories can also be found in my Smashwords titles.Churches At Thessalonica (visualized poem)
Another visualized poem from the Jerusalem Engine Repair Company series. The complete collection can be found at Smashwords under the titles "Makebelieve Ballroom" or "Collected Works (And Dry Goods)".
Loose Beans From The "Coffee Can Chronicles"
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These ultra-short essays were originally commissioned by a gourmet coffee company in Portland, Oregon. They were scheduled to appear on coffee can labels, but instead remained unpublished for ten years. The original Smashwords collection, "Coffee Can Chronicles", is also available for purchase. Brew up a pot of your favorite java and enjoy these short pieces while you drink it.
The Revolution WILL Be Televised, After Don Kirschner's Rock Concert
In the days before cable television, most Stowbilly teens would stay up way too late to watch local shows like Hoolihan and Big Chuck. A few of us dared to stay up even longer, and the rewards were even greater. Late night television was rock concerts by the Cousin It Band and monster chiller horror theater. Come with me on a trip back to 70s late night television. Just keep the noise down.
Your Well-Lit Public Area or Mine?
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Before all of those online dating sites showed up, there were live radio shows that spent four hours a night trying to hook up Caller A with closet serial killer B or drag queen caller C. Nobody did it better than Jim from Winner 100, WNIR.
Tales From The Coffee Pot
"Tales From The Coffee Pot" is another sampler collection of coffee-related humor essays by Michael Pollick. Hang out with Keef Richards, dance a mean bossa nova with Lawrence Welk, enjoy a dead hotdog walking and discover what REALLY happened to Saturday morning cartoons. Look for the entire essay collection, Coffee Can Chronicles, at SMASHWORDS, or order "Collected Works (And Dry Goods)".
I Was A Teenage Stowbilly
Although these essays are set in the author's hometown of Stow, Ohio, they could just as easily be from anyone's childhood hometown of legend and lore. If you remember tetherball, dodge ball, endless hallways, thought-provoking lunch food and other things from schooldays, you'll enjoy this sample collection from Michael Pollick. The entire collection, "A Very Stowbilly Sampler" is also available.
Poems of People and Place
This collection of work from author Michael Pollick centers around the theme of people and places. It's impossible to separate one from the other, and a bit foolish to try. Every poem in this collection can also be found in "Makebelieve Ballroom", and the compilation "Collected Works (And Dry Goods)", both available through Smashwords.
Coffee Break Edumacation
Want something fast and funny to read about coffee while you're actually drinking the stuff? These short coffee-related essays first appeared on gourmet coffee can labels, but now can be enjoyed by the non-caffeinated and caffeinated alike. Download this sample collection and read it while sipping your next cuppa joe. Order the entire collection, "Coffee Can Chronicles", through
Poems of Spirit and Truth
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This collection of pieces by Michael Pollick explores themes of spirituality and religious faith. These works have been previously included in a number of Christian publications around the world, including The Creative Christian and The Rock. More of the author's work can be found in "Makebelieve Ballroom", an ebook published through Smashwords.
Poems of Battles Won and Battles Lost
This collection of pieces by Michael Pollick address some very difficult themes, from the effects of war to the tragedies of addiction and homelessness. These and many other poems can be found in Pollick's full poetry and essay collection,"Collected Works (And Dry Goods), available through Smashwords.
Poems of Love and Remembrance
This collection of pieces by Michael Pollick represent the entire spectrum of love and remembrance, from the pangs of a first love to the remembrance of loves lost. These poems are also available in Pollick's poetry and essay collection, "Collected Works(And Dry Goods)", published through Smashwords as well.
Burnt Ends And Caterpillar Poems
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There are times when good pieces must be left on the cutting room floor because of their darker tone or controversial subject matter. "Burnt Ends And Caterpillar Poems" is a compilation of such works by author and poet Michael Pollick. Many of these works were intended for mature audiences, either because of their darker themes or adult language. They appear together here for the first time.
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