"Michael Magee's Terra Firma: Sacred Ground is a staggering poetic achievement-a selection of poems written over the course of more than half a century. These timeless poems are vital to the tenuous times in which we live. In addition to spanning decades, the collection spans many thousands of miles crisscrossing the globe. Much more than a travelogue in verse, Magee offers thoughtful observations and unassuming humanity. Traversing countless roads from Pamukkale, Turkey to Tacoma, Washington, we are treated to allusions from literature, music, painting, photography, drama, film, television, mythology, philosophy, and history. But perhaps what is most enjoyable and profound about this collection is the poet's wise and witty voice-the voice of a highly educated, creative, and critical thinker with a cracking sense of humor, someone who has regularly ridden the bus and trodden his hard-working bones until the soles of his shoes are holey-a soulful voice who sings for all of us."
-Lana Hechtman Ayers, author of The Autobiography of Rain
About the Author
Michael Magee was born and grew up in West Belfast. He is the fiction editor of The Tangerine, and his work has appeared in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, and The Lifeboat, and in The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working-Class Writing. He recently received his PhD in creative writing from Queen's University, Belfast. Close to Home is his first novel.
Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle Area writer and a former Los Angeles TV producer who curates and hosts monthly poetry readings and special events. He has performed his own poetry at numerous venues (mostly on the West Coast) for many years and has given lectures, been part of writer conference panels, and given workshops. Other kind souls have published several things he's written (essays, reviews of poems, interviews, stories, editorials) in local and national magazines, newspapers, literary journals and online. His online film reviews have over 3 million page views.