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Michael Escoubas


in flames
sunrise red
glazed in yellow—
quaking aspens stand
bare, bleak in contrast to
the Artist's passionate paint.
Two disparate worlds embellish
the eye, rest in comforts of the sun,
calm in the balm and beauty of the earth.

© by Michael Escoubas.
Used with the author's permission

Photograph by Sharmagne Leland-St. John © Taos, NM in Winter



Michael Escoubas began writing poetry for publication in August of 2013, after retiring from a 48-year-career in the printing industry. He writes poetry because, early in life, his mother encouraged him. Michael also writes poetry because he believes poetry brings people together and that poets are menders of broken things. He is the author of six collections; the most recent is Ripples Into the Light, a collection partnered with photographs by Vandana Bajikar and designed to “rest the soul and calm the spirit.” Michael is Senior Editor and Book Reviewer at Quill and Parchment, an online poetry journal. He lives in Illinois.


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Your etheree is SO lovely, vividly descriptive and expressive.
Posted 03/12/2022 12:18 AM
Friends: thanks to each of you for your incisive and gracious remarks.
Posted 03/11/2022 11:44 PM
Beautiful poem Michael. The photo is stunning as well.
Posted 03/11/2022 09:03 PM
Janet Leahy:
Lovely blend of form and photo, thank you for introducing me to this form.
Posted 03/11/2022 08:02 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful poem and photo. Love the line, "glazed in yellow."
Posted 03/11/2022 05:01 PM
C Marie:
Love the photo and your poem enhances it, Michael. Gratitude!
Posted 03/11/2022 03:31 PM
Gorgeous photo, and equally beautiful poem!
Posted 03/11/2022 01:08 PM
One of your best, Mike!
Posted 03/11/2022 12:51 PM
Beautiful poem inspired by this beautiful sunrise painting. Very interesting how the form helps to take it to its height and depth. Great pairing! Calm and balmnice. Thank you, Michael, for introducing me to this form.
Posted 03/11/2022 12:27 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
Michael, this moving combination of craft and soul inspires wonder. Both your poem and the art lift the heart!
Posted 03/11/2022 11:52 AM
The photo of the house in the desert invites the viewer into dawn and softness with a transient flare of light. The words of the poem fold me in hope and comfort. I've done this form but never knew where it came from and appreciate the information about etheree and its creator.
Posted 03/11/2022 11:23 AM
Glen Sorestad:
My attachment to NM immediately drew me to this poem and what a fine poem you have written, Michael. Superbly crafted.
Posted 03/11/2022 11:23 AM
A wonderful exposure to a new form to me and an excellent use of it.
Posted 03/11/2022 10:42 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
This beautiful poem in the perfect form describes the painting accurately. Favorite line: the Artists passionate paint.
Posted 03/11/2022 09:35 AM

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