Blue Fan Whirring : Poems by Mike Jurkovic

Blue Fan Whirring: Poems by Mike Jurkovic                                                                ISBN : 81-8250-096-6 2018 Hardcover pp 158

Here you will find delicate leaves of contemplation as well as broad seasons unfolding in landscape and poet, vividly rendered with pinpoint observation and the tenderest of hearts.  Some poems feel as current as an incoming tweet; others resound like a monk-struck antique gong. Never self-consciously imitative, his is a mature voice well-sanded to simplicity, with the love of his beloved woven sensually throughout.

Mike reaches beyond the “muscled heat of the young hawk’s wing” to the social world, showing us “a son of labor,” and the work of the revolution, but ultimately, his greater gifts to us are those of the spirit. He speaks of “the holy mission,” “the great forgiving,” “the vast mercy,” and reminds us, “it’s not important/ to hear yourself think but more/to hear yourself pray.”

How lucky we are that he heard himself, and wrote for us “this frayed book of prayer.”

– Irene O’Garden, Off-Broadway playwright, Pushcart winner, author of Fulcrum: Selected Poems


2016 Pushcart nominee, American poet Mike Jurkovic’s  poetry and musical criticism have appeared in hundreds of magazines and periodicals. Full length collections, smitten by harpies & shiny banjo catfish (Lion Autumn Press, 2016) Chapbooks: Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014) Purgatory Road  (Pudding House Press) Anthologies: Water Writes and Riverine (Codhill Press, 2009, 2007). President, Calling All Poets, New Paltz, NY and producer of CAPSCASTS, performances from Calling All Poets Series. Features & CD reviews appear in All About Jazz (August 2017 – )  & the Van Wyck Gazette.   

He loves Emily most of all.