Mike Essig


Mike Essig is an expert on Chaos Theory, The Random Nature of Existence and Divine Intervention. He mastered them all by walking, unscathed, for a full 15 minutes, through a wall of flying hot metal in Vietnam in 1971.

Later, he became a teacher. He taught writing, which is a bit like trying to teach a corpse to breathe. His only satisfaction during that endless, bleak period was waging a vicious vendetta on that perfidious remnant of British Imperialism, the Oxford comma.

He is an unabashed child of the 60s and enjoyed them immensely, at least, the parts he can remember.

Much of his life has been the result of good whiskey and bad decisions.

He now lives in a dilapidated shotgun apartment with only a neurotic cat for company. He has no TV, radio or cellphone. Mostly, he meditates, reads, listens to endless classical music, and channels poems.

He dislikes most people, pop music, winter, designer coffee and sushi.

His first book, Never Forgotten: Poems of a Lost War was an attempt to put the war away for good. Most people are put off by war poetry (too intense) so he sought a readable medium between the brutal truth and what readers could digest.

His second book, Huck Finn Is Dead, is a selection of poems in various styles. The title poem is very important to him because America, the original land of more, has run out of places to hid. If we aren't careful Aunt Polly will "sivilize" us all, a truly horrible thought.

In his spare time (and it is all spare time) he practices minimalism and knife throwing. Stop by sometime.

Hope you enjoy my books. If so, please write reviews. Feel free to contact me at bookgardener@gmail.com.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to show some of what I have been working on for the past eight years. This is just a small selection. More will follow.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Traditional publishers are too cumbersome and slow. The market for poetry is tiny. It makes more sense to self-publish. Walt Whitman thought so too.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Mike Essig online

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Never Forgotten
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
These war poems are based on my experiences during the 1972 Easter Invasion of Vietnam.
Huck Finn Is Dead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,710. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
The poems grew out of the author's 64 years of experience in war, peace, life and love.

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