My third poetry collection, Love Something, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag Publishing in the Fall of 2022. 

It will sell for $15 + shipping, but you can get it for $9+ by placing an advance discount order at the MSR Online Bookstore before it goes to press.

 

Here’s a link directly to my author’s page:

 

https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product/love-something-joshua-michael-stewart/

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In Love Something, Stewart reveals a bitter, sometimes monstrous personal history softened by compassion. For all he, his family, even country have suffered, this poet has chosen a life which refuses to be wasted. Stewart writes with a clarity of image and pacing which allows joining his pain, anecdotes, celebrations and humor to feel irresistible and welcome. Reading this book is as natural as curiosity and says love all you are able. ~Jody (Pamela) Stewart, author of Infrequent Mysteries, The Red Window, & Ghost Farm )

Through gritty odes, heartfelt homages, hard-built elegies, and elegant praise poems, abiding love and gratitude rise out of deep pain and loss. Joshua Michael Stewart’s marvelous collection, Love Something, will leave you shaken, startled, but looking up in awe of the beauty and music left in the wake of gunshot: “a flurry of starlings—melody/swooping across the sky.” ~Kristin Bock, author of Cloisters and Glass Bikini (Tupelo Press)

NOVEMBER PRAISE

 

 

The smell of ferns and understory 

after rain. The tick, tick, of stove, 

 

flame under kettle. Bing Crosby,

and not just the Christmas records.

 

Cooking meat slowly off the bone, 

and every kind of soup and stew. 

 

To come this close to nostalgia,

but go no further, leaving behind 

 

the boy who wore loneliness 

like boots too big for his feet. 

 

That time of evening, 

when everything turns blue 

 

in moonlight, when darkness 

has yet to consume all for itself.

I have created a new "Video Poem" for one of the poems in my new collection, Love Something I collaborated with my good friend and illustrator Bret Herholz on this one.
Here is a short video of me reading a few poems from Love Something:
I also have a new essays up at The Way of Wind and Stream column: The Top Ten Prose Poem Collections & Writing Through: A Writing Exercise For Poets. Check then out by clicking on the titles.