Michael Cantor poetry




Life in the Second Circle

Michael Cantor’s full length collection, Life in the Second Circle (Able Muse Press, 2012) is presently a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry.  A chapbook, The Performer, was issued by Puddinghouse Publications in 2007.  His work has appeared in The Dark Horse, Raintown Review, Measure, SCR, Chimaera, Margie, Umbrella, The Atlanta Review  and numerous other journals and anthologies. 

Honors include the New England Poetry Club Erika Mumford (2006)  and Gretchen Warren (2008) Prizes.   He was a finalist in the first Able Muse Book Award for Poetry competition, and has also been a finalist  in the Richard Wilbur, Nemerov (twice) and Robert Penn Warren Award competitions. 

New York born, he prepared for a literary career with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and held a wide range of industrial management positions in Japan, Latin America, Europe and the United States before concentrating on his writing.  He now lives with his wife and far too many books, woks and condiments, on Plum Island, north of Boston on the Massachusetts coast.