The first of what we hope will be many online reviews of Watermark is up at The Good Typist, the blog of poet Kristen McHenry. McHenry is the author of The Goatfish Alphabet, which was published by Naissance chapbooks last year after coming within a hair’s breadth of winning qarrtsiluni’s 2009 chapbook contest.

It’s a glowing review. McHenry writes, in part:

Though many of the poems read as splinters and refractions of the author’s idiosyncratic mind, all of them are cohesive and carefully constructed, never falling into the realm of the aloof or inscrutable. Michaels employs an elegant balancing act. The sadness, loneliness, and small tragedies evoked in these poems could easily begin to feel oppressive, but within each one there is always a sense of a coming thaw, of life germinating in the desolation.

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In other news, we’re grateful to the editors of Anti- for nominating “melancholia is a collective noun” for the annual online Best of the Net anthology.