writing

Publications

On this page I maintain a list of recent publications, with links to some that you can read online.

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 (“Mame” 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.

2018

2017

2015

  • Cling” Postcard Poems and Prose
  • “I Guess That Explains Everything” Louisville Review
  • i had it all wrong” Panoply

2014

2013

  • “Diagnosis” Hospital Drive
  • “Goat and Kids” A Narrow Fellow Journal of Poetry
  • “Ice-Bound Sister” The New Sound: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Arts and Literature
  • “Lyre and Rosary” A Narrow Fellow Journal of Poetry
  • “The Number Forty Bus” A Narrow Fellow Journal of Poetry

2011

  • “How To Strip A Wall” Nulu Handwritten
  • “My Orthodox Bar Mitzvah” Poetica
  • “Thug-Faced Moon” Nulu Handwritten

2010

  • “How a Synagogue Board Is Like a Sukkah” Scribblers on the Roof
  • “Refuah” Scribblers on the Roof
  • “Sukkot Tanka” Scribblers on the Roof

2009

  • “New-sach” Scribblers on the Roof

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