Listen to Some of My Poems on Soundcloud

Hearing a poem is often stronger and more enjoyable than reading one. I’ve placed audio files of me reading eight of my poems on Soundcloud. Enjoy these.

Michael reads at Kentucky Homefront live taping, Louisville, KY, April 2017.
Michael reads an original story at the Kentucky Homefront radio show live taping at Adath Jeshurun in Louisville, April, 2017. The show was a tribute to late singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.

Pick an opening line:

  • “When spring began to breed mosquitos…” Listen (“DDT
    (Or, a psalm to dichloro-diphenyl tri-chloroethane)”‘
  • “Jim writes, ‘I feel like the designated scribe of the apocalypse…” Listen (“Bat Houses”)
  • “Mame, du host fayer gemakht…” (“Mama, you made fire…”) Listen (“Mama” By Razjel Zychlinsky, read by Michael Jackman in Yiddish and English)
  • “They kicked them off the field, the Yeshiva boys…” Listen (“Yeshiva Students Kicked off Baseball Field, Forest Park, Queens, Circa 1981”)
  • “I was playing war with little men of plastic…” Listen (“Blackout”)
  • “His Grace, Duke Gonzaga, exempted Salomone Rossi Hebreo…” Listen (“Mantua, 1606”)
  • “There are some rotting joists in the crawlspace…” Listen (“Letter from Spickert Knob;” Runner-up, Raynes Poetry Prize)
  • “How the rain, any rain, and the sun…” Listen (“How the rain”)

If you enjoyed listening to my poems on Soundcloud, you might like to hear some of my music as well. I suggest my cover of “Colours” by Donovan.

Michael, playing guitar; his dog Monty looks on
Michael poses for a music publicity photo; his dog Monty looks on.

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