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Michael Hettich

Michael Hettich is a beloved, long-time Miami-Dade College professor and poet.  His former student, Facundo Ragato, writes, “Michael Hettich’s poems are exquisite with inspiration and grace; when they are read, they reflect a natural bliss; the words create a window from which the reader lives the poem.” Hettich is the author of twelve books and chapbooks of poetry, including The Measured Breathing, which won the 2011 Swan Scythe Press Award. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Orion, Poetry East, Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, Mudlark, and the Sun, as well as in many textbooks and anthologies, and he has collaborated widely with visual artists and musicians throughout Florida and nationally. Hettich’s latest collection, Systems of Vanishing (Tampa Press, $25.00), won the 2013 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. The poems in Systems of Vanishing range widely in their content and form, but the collection as a whole is grounded in its focus on the disappearances occurring all around us.  Hettich’s poems are also infused with a profound gratitude for the pleasures and graces of his life. These poems explore not only the extraordinary variety and magnitude of loss, but also the great power of resilience and joy. Poet Richard Blanco calls Systems of Vanishing Hettich’s “most profound and intricate collection to date.”


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