The Ways of Grace: A Book of Poems

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Expect loss and know that / tender eyes moisten / setting free / teardrops of humanity.”

This is just one of the many powerful verses in this meditation on the beauty and grace found in the commonplace. From the loss of love, to a single, yellow flower screaming out to be seen, to the deepness of a tree’s roots, McCarthy challenges us to take time to notice the beauty, pain, immensity, and love in the very small moments of our lives. Read this collection of poems and you will want to notice more.

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“Poetry enables the reader to see differently, deeper, reverently… Michael McCarthy’s writings take the reader inside family, nature, sports, work, and life and death to see the hidden sacred, beauty, and spirit. Read The Ways of Grace slowly, imagine the scenes, and immerse in the mystery therein. Allow yourself to see differently.”

– Robert J. McCarty, Author of Raising Happy, Healthy, and Holy Teenagers: A Primer for Parents

“Michael McCarthy’s poems are like fine Shaker furniture: solid, graceful, clean lines and a simple honesty that are a pleasure to behold. These poems have a functional durability; my friends, family and students have been sitting with them for years.”

– Phil Marinelli, High School Teacher and Life Coach

“Truly Michael McCarthy has given us a beautiful collection of poems that are both accessible and deep. Each poem reveals the mystery of grace hidden in the ordinary. ‘It’s All Here,’ as he says. And he asks, ‘What about you?’ Will you enter into the ‘true communion’ of friendship and life? This book is a grace, drawing us into the mystery.”

– Connie Loos, Chair of the Religious Studies Department, St. John the Baptist High School

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Celebrating McCarthy’s Selection with a Goodreads Giveaway!

Poet Michael McCarthy’s work “The Strange People in Long Beach,” from his Goldfinch title The Ways of Grace, has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of the Suffolk County Poetry Review. Way to go, Michael! To celebrate, we’re running a Goodreads Giveaway of the title until the end of …

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DOUBT: from Michael McCarthy’s Blog

Lately, I’ve been feeling doubt. I am not so sure anymore. Am I kidding myself? I know all too well my foibles and shortcomings. I am an actor, at best. And I am a fraud, at worst. I really know very little about theology – the subject I teach. I …

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In a Word: from Michael McCarthy’s Blog

I recall making an embarrassing (and revelatory) utterance some years back while participating at a youth leadership conference in Syracuse, NY. During one of the small group discussions (in which I was serving as the facilitator), a young person was describing a colorful banner that his parish youth group created …

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Glowing: from Michael McCarthy’s Blog

Sail on Silver Girl, Sail on by Your time has come to shine All your dreams are on their way ~ Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (Michael McCarthy teaches at the Mary Louis Academy, a college preparatory high school for young women.) I think of the first time …

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Bards Day 2016 Highlights Long Island’s Best Poets

On July 23, poets on Long Island, including Goldfinch’s own Michael McCarthy, gathered to celebrate “Bards Day,” a creation of the Bards Initiative. Michael’s poem “Kindred Souls,” from the Goldfinch book The Ways of Grace, was selected for publication in the book tie-in, Bards Annual 2016. The Annual is published by the Bards …

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Michael McCarthy Poem Selected for Bard Annual 2016

Michael’s poem “Kindred Souls,” from the Goldfinch book The Ways of Grace, has been selected for publication in the Bards Annual 2016! CONGRATULATIONS! The Annual is published by the Bards Initiative – a New York State Non-Profit Corporation dedicated to using poetry to help the Long Island community. The Initiative provides avenues …


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