A woozy logic dominates these poems: a heart can become a buzzing hive of bees, a rooster can trigger a series of bombs, a young man can embrace a city bus as his spirit animal. Yet Bazzett laces his poems with a dangerous wit. ”Your humor is deft and cutting / my fingers off one by one," as one poem puts it. Once dismembered, Bazzett’s poems can re-member us and piece together the ways in which we once thought we knew ourselves, creating a new, strange sense of self.
A meditation on who we are, who we’ve been, and what we might become, Bazzett’s writing is like a note written in invisible ink: partially what we see on the page, but also the ”many dozen doorways that we don’t walk through each day." You Must Remember This is a consistently slippery, enrapturing collection of poems.
Michael Bazzett’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, 32 Poems, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Best New Poets. He is the author of The Imaginary City (OW! Arts) and The Unspoken Jokebook (Burning River Press), as well as the winner of the Bechtel Prize from Teachers & Writers Collaborative. He was a finalist for the 2013 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, and is the winner of the 2014 prize with his forthcoming collection You Must Remember This.
A graduate of Carleton College and The Claremont Graduate University, Michael is a longtime faculty member of The Blake School. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children.