"When you read the history of the world you are reading a saga of bloodshed and greed and folly the import of which is impossible to ignore. And yet we imagine the future will somehow be different" 

Cormac McCarthy



Mike L. Nichols is a graduate of Idaho State University and recipient of the Ford Swetnam Poetry Prize.


"Dead Girl Dancing" is his first collection of poetry. Many of the poems in this collection were first published on the Web in various journals.


Watch for forthcoming books from Mike, and thank you for visiting this site.



What Do​es Rage Consume for Fuel?

Sometimes Hollywood nails it.

Children asking,

  "Daddy? God could take it back

  if he wanted to, if He really, really      wanted to?"

As the soundtrack crescendos

grief sweeps in, takes

the form of rage.

Like a blown out match head,

hot and hollow, a fragile shell

glowing in my black oval.

-Mike L. Nichols