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HOMETOWN, USA

Hometown, USA
by Michael Cleary
Publisher:
San Diego Poets Press
(September 1991)
ISBN:
0931289076

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  FEATURE ARTICLES:
Tamara Dietrich, The Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY
 

The long-standing lie is that poetry is effeminate. High schoolers roll their eyes and cough up “yucks” and adamantly don’t get it.

Better they should read Michael Cleary, a Glens Fallsian born and bred. In high school Cleary was a jock of such high caliber he once inspired a sports writer to poetry, himself. Today he’s an award-winning writer who dispels the lie that poetry is obscure or all “roses and sunsets.” more...

   
Lourdes Rodriguez-Florido, The Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  Michael Cleary sat in his office at Broward Community College and talked about writing. The English professor had just realized one reason he writes poetry. “I was one of those people in high school not able to sing,” Cleary said. “Poetry is a lot about sound. It’s almost like singing if you put the words together right. Maybe it’s the same type of frustration—I can’t sing, so I’ll write.” more...
   
Martin Moynihan, Albany Times-Union, Albany, NY
  In 1944, the war was raging and LOOK Magazine wanted to take a close-up look at the home front. They chose Glens Falls for what would be a six-part community profile called “Hometown, USA.” more...
   
Bill Pike, The Corinthian, Corinth, NY, Sports Page
  Oh, what a wonderful flying blue horse—
You’ve probably seen him before.
Perhaps while we weep,
Mick Cleary has sweeped
With the ball the length of the floor. more...
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  REVIEWS:
Gayl Teller, Small Press Review
  Grounded in the daily life of Glens Falls, NY, where Michael Cleary was raised, Cleary’s poetic vision of his Hometown, USA is lyrical, unblinking, often mettlesome counterpoint to LOOK Magazine’s more traditionally conceived profile of Glens Falls as an American microcosm in its six-part series “Hometown, USA” in 1944. more...
   
Bruce Thomas Boehrer, Apalachee Quarterly
  Life in small-town America can turn at any moment into a kind of intellectual seppuku. It does not have to, of course, but there is always the possibility that it will: that the town itself will replace the world in one’s imagination and that the town’s values and rhythms will come to invalidate other sorts of experience. more...
   
Brian Daldorph, Coal City Review
  Michael Cleary grew up in Glens Falls, New York, and now lives in Plantation, Florida, and the poems of Hometown, USA richly evoke Cleary’s experiences of these two places.” more...
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  POEMS:
Plastic Flamingos
Catholic Girls
Aunt Sara on Valentine’s Night
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  READER CORRESPONDENCE:
Andy Rooney
Tom Smith 
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