Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and educated at the University of Notre Dame and Brown University in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Michael Cervas came late to the writing of poetry. Decades into a teaching career, he began writing poems in his mid-forties, partly as a way of encouraging his students to take creative writing seriously. A sabbatical year in 2006 allowed him to devote himself more fully to his own writing and to revise earlier work, as a result of which his poems have begun to appear in journals and magazines throughout the country. As his poems attest, Michael’s extra-literary interests include gardening, cooking, jazz, and sports, especially that most poetic of all sports, squash. Together with his wife, Deborah, and his daughter, Anne, Michael lives in Simsbury, Connecticut on the campus of Westminster School, where he teaches English and directs the Westminster Poetry Series.
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THE BIRTH OF LANGUAGE
I’m with my cousin Billy, two ten-year-olds
We’re both lost here in our privacies,
to see a tall boy, smoking a cigarette,
and says in a voice so exotic
but, struck dumb, I can’t move,
AN EXTRA SECOND
Yesterday, on the last night of the year,
Last night, we also gained an extra second,
Luckily I saved my moment for today.
against the blankness of snow and trees,
June 30, 2005
From a distance what you would see
as he digs carefully beneath the stones,
you will find him here, quiet and focused,
but he has a daughter living out west
|THE ANNOYING AGE
She’s thirteen, almost fourteen now.
and so here I am
at least for the next eight years or so
but only, only
When there were only six
|ON THE ROAD
No talk shows,
Only the thrum
until one by one