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Michael McCarthy

“While the novelist is banging on his typewriter, the poet is watching a fly in the windowpane.”  –Billy Collins

Michael McCarthy is, in his words, “a lifelong explorer of the sacred.” Through a deepening poetic lens, he seeks beauty in the commonplace. The ordinary is truly extraordinary. Michael, a husband, father, and high school teacher of religion, lives on Long Island in New York. He has degrees in theology and psychology.

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The Art of Conversation: from Michael McCarthy’s Blog

Conversation – a spoken exchange of thoughts, opinions, feelings; talk. A New World Conversations may be becoming a lost art in our digital and technological world. The ability to slow down and simply spend quality time with each other seems more and more of a challenge these days. We have …

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Dreams of Flying: from Michael McCarthy’s Blog

“Since my earliest awareness, I have felt an unnameable force drawing and pushing me to be airborne, to soar, to escape rigid habits of mind, to fly free.” Sam Keen, philosopher and author of Learning to Fly: Trapeze – Reflections on Fear, Trust, and the Joy of Letting Go, always dreamed …

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Monique’s Poem

Monique Melendez, the author of the following poem, was a former student in my junior religion class. Here is a copy of her original work: Poetry’s Magic I love Monique’s poem. I love its simplicity, straight-fowardness and strength. She reveals herself. Like the sweetest of melodies, her poem makes its …

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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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