By Michael H. Hanson
Deep and profound experiences season this remarkable collection of melodic verse with an inspiring mix of poetic styles and forms including free verse, villanelle, rondelet and nineteenth century American sonnets. With resonant imagery, raw emotion, and brazen honesty, Michael examines painful and emotionally traumatic moments in his childhood, comes to terms with his mortality, confronts haunting fears, and continues on the journey to find true love.
The son of a U.S. Army Sergeant and a Nurse, Michael H. Hanson is the fourth of five children and was born in New York State’s Northcountry, a vast landscape of rivers, forests, and farms. After a short stint in the U.S. Air Force, Michael attended Syracuse University, where alongside his filmmaking activities he found a few spare moments to study creative writing and poetry. He graduated from the Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in Film Production. A transplanted New Yorker, Michael acquired dual-citizenship with his name being entered into Ireland’s Foreign Births Entry Book. A haunted Sagittarian, he presently resides in NJ where he edits engineering society journals for a living, and occasionally dabbles in genealogy research and collecting impressionist and plein air oil paintings. Michael spends his free time spinning both tales of the fantastic, and introspective poetry, in his small but cozy garden apartment.
“I recommend you cuddle up with [Jubilant Whispers] and a cup of hot herbal tea. Sip them both together and feel the warm coziness they have to offer.”
— John C. Mannone, Tennessee Poet
“[Jubilant Whispers is] a tribute to memory, a tribute to the spring of youth — eternally
hopeful — and a tribute to lyric poetry.”
—Russell R. Bittner, Brooklyn Poet