Michael McCarthy

“Music”: A Poem from Michael McCarthy’s Blog

Music Visceral vibrations awaken the body head bobbing, toe tapping. Arousal! It is poetry of the senses expressing, capturing humankind’s pulse. Wholly sensual! Lyrical revelations with a few ordinary, well-placed words. Wisdom unleashed! But the real magic comes from the interplay between sound and silence. Genius! Each of us excitedly …

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The Place Matters: from Michael McCarthy’s Blog

The Place Matters It’s funny how things happen.  After 17½ years working in a primarily administrative position directing a youth and young adult ministry office for the Rockville Centre Diocese, I was now seeking new employment.  Since I liked what I did and felt good about the work I did …

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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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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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