Michael Neal Morris


Michael Neal Morris attended East Texas State University (now Texas A&M in Commerce). He teaches English at Eastfield College in Mesquite. He has published a number of stories, poems, and essays both online and in print. He has worked as a secretary, technical writer, janitor, and tutor. He lives with his wife and children just outside the Dallas area.

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Price: Free! Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
121 micro-poems. Here are verses which started on twitter, and were pared-down where possible in hopes of saying more with less.
Recital Notes, Volume 1: The Paper Sessions
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,240. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This book contains untitled poems composed during recitals I attended between 2005 and 2012. Some are about the music I listened to. Some are about what came to mind as I listened to that music. For many readers, the thread connecting these pieces to music will be invisible. What I hope you find is a taste of the wonder I have experienced.
Wrestling Light
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,500. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
We wrestle with many things during our lives: each other, ideas, desires, God. This is a book about such conflicts.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,520. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Rope contains five stories about men struggling with their demons or struggling with those who have given in to their demons.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,570. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Here are seven brief stories about how quickly life changes. Meet a man paralyzed in the prime of his life, a father taunted by his past, an abusive mother, a musician trying to keep control at a party, a father trying to feed an ungrateful family, a teenage girl caught between promises, and a man just trying to get his fast food order prepared correctly.
Making Rounds
Price: Free! Words: 900. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
I once worked as a security guard. When it was time to make my rounds, I would spend the time composing little pieces using the tanka form (concerning syllable count, not theme). The result was this sequence.
Die Laughing
Price: Free! Words: 16,100. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Three short adventures about the awkwardness of youth.
Three Laments
Price: Free! Words: 3,140. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Three poem sequences or suites written during a period of several griefs.
Walking in Circles
Price: Free! Words: 2,640. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This is a chapbook length collection of my early poems. Most are concerned with the labyrinth of life's journey that only seems to be circles going nowhere.

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Smashwords book reviews by Michael Neal Morris

  • Soul in Verse on July 27, 2011

    Michelle Hudson has the potential to be a fine poet. Many of the poems are too much like prose -- some are not so much verse as little short stories or essays with line breaks. Several poems need revision to make them smoother, more poetic, so that the keen subjects and ideas are matched by powerful and succinct words and rhythm. That said, this collection demonstrates one of the most significant and most necessary qualities in good poetry: honesty. Ms. Hudson's verse does not just touch on important subjects, but tackles them openly, letting the verse, not the subject, carry the weight of the emotion. There is emotion here to be sure, but the poet does not just hit us with the same old cliches and a bunch of exclamation marks, as so do many amateurs. She moves from prayer to physical desire so deftly and with such candor, the reader cannot help but want to follow along. And where the poems work within a natural rhythm, the impact is tremendous. Ms. Hudson certainly has read well and has the music in her heart and mind to write some good poetry. I look forward to seeing more from her.
  • Some Poems on Aug. 18, 2012

    I am not sure what is going on here, but there are some clever lines and some thought-provoking images. Sometimes there is, perhaps, too much learning for the reader to digest, and perhaps there are some lines that could be polished so they don't read so prose like. On the whole, however, this is an interesting collection, worth digging into.