Mike Finley

Rookie (July 4,1950 / Flint, Michigan)

Mike Finley
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In the 1970s I was a much-published young poet. But I have since gone into hiding.

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  • Rookie Goldy Locks (6/25/2006 8:23:00 PM)

    Finley, where have you bin?

  • Rookie THE LAST REMNANT OF SANITY BIDS YOU ADIEU (5/20/2006 12:07:00 PM)

    You are a breath of fresh air, Mike, a welcome addition to our little dysfunctional family. From the poetry of yours that I have read, I am quite impressed with you as a word artist. Your sense of humor and devil-may-care attitude about critics or self-proclaimed experts is fun to play with. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (5/20/2006 6:38:00 AM)

    Mike, I tried to find words to express what your poems mean to me...

  • Rookie ***** ********* (5/20/2006 4:48:00 AM)

    You have shamed me Mike! You have made me laugh, you have made me think more than twice. You have chastised me for many a vice, but you have also always been nice. I have been slight in my comments of your work, because there are so many of my subjects to spead myself amongst, but you are a poet of fine imagery and insight, stretching back through a long and successful career. You are a fair and fine man and an inspiration to all who read you. Is that ok? lol Grinning at you, Tai

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Best Poem of Mike Finley

A Prayer For Poets

Let a thing be what we say it is,
if a donkey is eating corn
let the donkey not be an allegory
nor the corn a corn byproduct.

Let us not despise readers
for not 'getting us'
when we did nothing to let them in,
and everything to keep them out.

Let every offering be a gift,
first from you and then from us.
Let 'Let this serve you well'
be both credo and apologia.

Do not let us fall down
the well of our awareness.
Neither let us feel special
Just because we hear music.

Lead us not into obscurity,
and deliver us from ...

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