Welcome to the home page of poet MICHAEL KESHIGIAN, author of nine poetry chapbooks and collections, including Dark Edges, recently released by Flutter Press and Eagle's Perch from Bellowing Ark Press, a book of poems with observations and experiences concerning the Lakes Region in New Hampshire. His writing has appeared in numerous national and international journals as well as many online publications. He has been the feature poet in The Aurorean, Poetree Magazine, Bellowing Ark, The Illogical Muse, The Westward Quarterly Pegasus Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Red River Review, Illya's Honey and Reader’s Choice in the Fairfield Review. He is a 5-time Pushcart Prize and 2-time Best Of The Net nominee.
Town of his birth,he is rushing back
to the house of his infant years,
escaping throngs of cars and frenzied employees
that clutter city sidewalks,
searching with his headlights bright
for the narrow country roads
that lead to the place
of his grandfather’s voluntary exile.
To the chagrin of co-workers and bosses,
he is consumed, a knight,
galloping backward in time
toward the black and white world of family history
to save the home
and the barely valuable heirlooms of his predecessors,
significant only in longevity and the decades of old fingerprints
that might have survived,
family portraits, antique bedrooms,
the grand piano he never learned how to play.
Tonight, within the seclusion of secrets and memories,
he will clean and pamper them,
listen to all their stories,
and accept them again as house guests,
at least for another lifetime.
"Wildflowers grabbed me close on the very first reading. Most intriguing poems."
-Michele M. Graf, Poetry Editor, Apollo's Lyre
"As a poet, Keshigian is subtle, joyous and accomplished."
-Peter C. Leverich, Editor, Avocet
"As usual, fine and rewarding work. It is through reviewing writers such as Michael Keshigian that I find work such an enjoyable task."
-Art Bounds, Pegasus Review