But Sometimes I Remember 

But Sometimes I Remember


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"The Second Life of Lazarus," Noble / Gas Qtrly, Issue 206.1

"The Avondale Tunnel," Iron Horse Literary Review, forthcoming

"Trivia" in FIVE:2:ONE Magazine, 2018

"Skids" in Marquette Literary Review, Spring 2018

"Installations" in Likely Red Magazine, Spring 2018

"Refresh" in Stonecrop Magazine, Spring 2018

"The Woman of Belden Avenue," Chicago Literati, Summer 2017

"Gorgeous," Welter, 2016

"Babyface," Litro Magazine, 2016

"Mercy," South 85 Journal, Spring/Summer 2016

"One Last Thing About Sam," Mangrove Literary Journal, Spring 2016

Poetry, Essays, & Reviews 

"Pilgrim Baptist Church Fire, 2006," in North American Review, forthcoming

"On 'Rag' by Maryse Meijer," in Kenyon Review Online, forthcoming

"Review of Citizen Illegal by José Olivarez" in Prairie Schooner, Spring 2019

"Review of The Recovering by Leslie Jamison" in Chronically Lit

"Review of A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley" in Empty Mirror

"The Bagman," Reunion: The Dallas Review, Volume 7

"Chicago," Black Heart Magazine: DISARM Anthology

"Four Poems," The Arlington Review, Issue 100

But Sometimes I Remember 


But Sometimes I Remember explores the narrative of memory — how it comforts and traumatizes us, how it shapes who we are, and how eventually it becomes fiction. These poems include characters driven by their desire to remember and be remembered, forget the pain that haunts them, and understand complex moments from their past. From larger-than-life childhood monuments, directions home through the old neighborhood, to a reimagining of Chicago, memories tie the past and present into a single story where the living and forgotten meet. But Sometimes I Remember is the 2016 winner of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Florence Kahn Award.

"...remarkable evocation of the recent past. But this is not poetry of soft-hearted nostalgia. These poems are as hard as a city street, as bright as a burning house, and as heart-breaking as a child in a casket. Michael Welch's ambition, talent, and craftsmanship are on brilliant display in this collection."

- Larry Waston, author of Montana 1948

"This is a spectacular collection of poems — images that stay with us, that cling and illuminate our minds in the dark, right before we sleep. This is what poetry is all about.

-Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate

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