Michael Neal Morris


Michael Neal Morris is the author of Based on Imaginary Events, Release, Haiku, Etc., Music for Arguments, In Domestic News and other books. He has published a number of stories, poems, and essays both online and in print. He teaches Composition and Creative Writing at Eastfield College in Mesquite. He lives with his wife, children, and two snarky cats just outside the Dallas area.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
A lot of the answer to this question depends on what I am writing, and when. I write some poetry in a notebook, but most often I compose on my phone and computer. I have recently been working with the Hanx Writer app, due to limitations on Tumblr, and because it allows me to experiment with space and color. I believe strongly in revision, so I go through it a couple of times, even if I am just posting on my blog. Poems I try to publish elsewhere, or include in my books get many more passes at revision.
Prose always gets revised, usually several times. Some stories and longer works get plotted and thought through carefully before I start writing. Sometimes, I work from a prompt or do a kind of focused free-writing when writing flash fiction. These pieces often get a few days between revisions because I want to make sure I have polished each piece until it shines.
What are you working on next?
I always have multiple projects going at once. I am writing the first draft of a "flash fiction novel," where each character's thoughts are expressed 100 words at a time throughout a church service. I am also working (painfully slowly) on a collection of poems and a collection of flash fiction.
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Where to find Michael Neal Morris online


Crows and Sunflowers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 650. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2023 . Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Here is a collection of 53 haiku written on walks and drives and meditative moments.
The Way of Weakness
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,320. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2021 . Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
This is a book of short meditations for a broken and weakened world.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,460. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Really, really short stories, custom made for your devices and starring people you probably know.
As a Crow Eats Seeds
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2019 . Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
This book is a collection of one stanza, sometimes experimental, poems covering several themes, such as decay, death, love, lust, and memory.
Haiku, Etc
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,950. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2018 . Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
A modern approach to haiku and its related forms, without losing sight of a variety of traditions, Haiku, Etc. contains three sections: "before me the black road curves" (haiku, senryu, and tanka), "crossings: three renga," and "outline of distant trees" (pictureless eyeku).
Words With Dark Coffee
You set the price! Words: 290. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2018 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Places
A twist on the tradition of the ekphrasis, where a writer responds to another work of art, this collection of micropoems have been written about photographs he has taken.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,700. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Lester Baum is leaving prison, and wants to live a quiet, unobtrusive life. But after registering as a sex offender, peace is the one thing that is not going to happen.
Recital Notes, Volume 2: The Digital Sessions
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,610. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2018 . Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This is the second collection in a series of poems inspired by and first drafted during recitals I have attended.
Music for Arguments
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,600. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Twenty short stories. These tales are about families in turmoil, men who wrestle with the expectations of others and what is expected of them, and hard to find grace.
In Domestic News
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,990. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2018 . Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This volume contains poems published between 2009-2012 (some written much earlier in the author's career). Themes included are domestic life, suffering, and redemption.
Is It I, Rabbi?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,010. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2018 . Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Meditations
This is short book of meditations on scriptural passages and reflections on Christian life.
Price: $0.99 USD. 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: 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: 7,490. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012 . Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
We wrestle with many things during our lives: each other, ideas, desires, God. This is a book about such conflicts.

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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.
  • Book Of Haiku on March 14, 2018

    Most of the pieces in this short collection are startling and powerful, as all good haiku should be. I do wish the author had put each poem on a separate page, and formatted the book for better readability. The poem, however, are delightful. Hopefully I will see more from this author.
  • BOOMERANG (a POEM) on May 23, 2018

    I found this long (for most readers) poem quite interesting. The author works the metaphor well, and brings the reader around the ideas with aplomb.
  • 3 Humans in a Forest on Jan. 02, 2019

    What I liked most about these poems was the keen and sometimes musical detail. They did what good poems often should do: force the reader to slow down and take in each phrase and enjoy the connections of images. Sometimes I ran across phrases I could not quite get, and I wondered if the thesaurus was used too much. But overall, reading this chapbook was a very pleasant experience.