“While the novelist is banging on his typewriter, the poet is watching a fly in the windowpane.” –Billy Collins</br></br>Michael McCarthy is, in his words, “a lifelong explorer of the sacred.” Through a deepening poetic lens, he sees profound beauty in the commonplace. The ordinary is indeed richly extraordinary. He is a high school teacher of religion who lives on Long Island with his wife. He has degrees in theology and psychology.