Michael Casey (poet)
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His first collection, Obscenities, was chosen by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Other collections include Millrat (Adastra Press), The Million Dollar Hole (Orchises Press), Check Points (Adastra), Raiding a Whorehouse (Adastra), Permanent Party (March Street Press), Cindi's Fur Coat (The Chuckwagon), and The Bopper (Kendra Steiner Editions).
Early life and education
Casey served as a military policeman in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970. He served in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and in Vietnam before beginning a MS in physics at SUNY Buffalo. With the publication of Obscenities, however, he changed course and pursued creative writing, studying under poets John Logan and Irving Feldman. His master's thesis was an early version of Millrat; his advisor for the project was the poet William Sylvester.
After graduating college in 1968, Casey was drafted into the U.S. Army. His stay at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri provided the material and setting for the later book, The Million Dollar Hole; his work as military police officer in Vietnam's Quang Ngai province is rendered in his debut collection, Obscenities.
Casey kept a few books with him while in the military: Alan Dugan's Poems, J.D. Salinger's Nine Stories, and a text on thermodynamics. While in Vietnam, Casey studied Vietnamese. He discovered, in a book package delivered for the troops, Donald Allen's The New American Poetry 1945–1960 anthology, and was drawn to the early work of poet Edward Field.
- Obscenities. Yale University Press. 1972. ISBN 978-0-300-01548-5.
- Millrat. Adastra Press. 1999. ISBN 978-0-938566-81-6.
- The Million Dollar Hole. Orchises Press. 2001. ISBN 978-0-914061-86-1.
- Magill, Frank Northern, ed. (1977). Survey of Contemporary Literature. Salem Press. ISBN 978-0-89356-050-8.
- Ehrart, William Daniel, ed. (1989). Unaccustomed Mercy: Soldier-poets of the Vietnam War. Texas Tech University Press. pp. 45–48. ISBN 978-0-89672-189-0.
- Tobin, Daniel, ed. (2007). The Book of Irish American Poetry: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present. University of Notre Dame Press. pp. 582–583. ISBN 978-0-268-04230-1.
- Liebler, M. L., ed. (2010). Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams. Coffee House Press. pp. 31–32. ISBN 978-1-56689-248-3.
- "The Company Pool". Frigate: The Transverse Review of Books. 2001.
- "Bagley's Sign" (PDF). The Minnesota Review. 2006. p. 29.
- "subscribe subscribe" (PDF). The Minnesota Review. 2006. p. 30.
- "Michael Casey: Coffee Truck & Other". The Bridge Review. Merrimack Valley Culture and University of Massachusetts Lowell. 2003.
- Henningfeld, Diane (January 2007). "Michael Casey". Guide To Literary Masters & Their Works.
- "An Interview with Michael Casey". Turnrow. University of Louisiana at Monroe. 4 (2). Winter 2005.
- Ehrhart, W. D. (Spring 1987). "Soldier-Poets of the Vietnam War". Virginia Quarterly Review: 246–265.
- Kenna, Justine (January 28, 1999). "Writing Vietnam: A student's view of the course". cds.library.brown.edu. Brown University.
- Minton, Helena. "If You Thought Vietnam Was Bad". Frigate: The Transverse Review of Books.
- Shane, Peter M. (August 15, 1972). "Obscenities". The Harvard Crimson.
- Spender, Stephen (February 8, 1973). "Poetry of the Unspeakable". The New York Review of Books. 20 (1).