Another Forty Years by Mike Nelson.
Mike is the founder of Senile Monk Press, Tribe Poetry Project and an artist at Space Bee Studio. He was the Poet Laureate of Portsmouth from April 2017 to April 2019. And Mike is currently the host of the 20 year old poetry reading Beat Night at Book and Bar.
“Mike Nelson and I have been friends since he first appeared on the Seacoast poetry scene in the early 2000’s and he was one of the first members of our poetry work-shopping group, Blood on the Floor. He is a member of the impressive generation of forty-something, blue-collar fathers who are successfully balancing career and home life with artistic expression. Fans of Mike have been waiting for a compendium of the strong poems they’ve heard at open mic venues throughout the Seacoast. Another Forty Years is that book. Mike has created a “New and Selected” that includes old favorites, new works that range across his sense of humor, rapturous narratives, divorce and dating, and metaphysical musings always drawing on nature for his chief source of inspiration and consolation.”
John-Michael Albert 8th Poet Laureate of Portsmouth and editor at Senile Monk Press