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Michael Steffen's Books

Heart Murmur


ISBN:  978-1-59954-012-2 (softcover) $11.00  Buy through Amazon.com   

ISBN:  978-1-59954-013-9 (hardcover) $19.00  Buy through Amazon.com


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The poems of Heart Murmur are richly talky and utterly authentic, one moment wry and self-deprecating and the next astonishingly open-hearted.  I honor this book for its celebration of our foolish hopes, our crazed and enlivening appetites

                           —Nancy Eimers.




No Good at Sea


ISBN:  0-9715145-0-X (softcover) $10.00.  Purchase from author.


Like the Friday night he writes about, Mike Steffen's poems are exhilarating.  Through their fluid syntax and rich lexicon, they provide us with a metonymic index of American culture — as sharp as the edge between bitter and sweet. 

                           —Natasha Sajé




Bad Behavior


ISBN-13: 978-0-9835304-5-9 (softcover) $15.95. Buy through Amazon.com.

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Bad Behavior catalogs the range and shades of our shared humanity.  Michael Steffen's unblinking gaze is often ironic, which makes his capacity for tenderness even more impressive, as he gives voice to a flood-ruined farmer at a pawn shop, or imagines a convict's botched execution, a worker having to listen to himself being fired in corporate double-speak, or shows us a son caring for his ill mother.  Steffen imagines the past with its unfixable wrongs "stalking us, bumming cigarettes/wearing holes in its shoes," as if to suggest it is ourselves we give to or refuse.  And it is indeed ourselves these poems give back to us, newly tenacious and aware.

                           —Betsy Sholl

Blood Narrative

ISBN: 978-1-59948-846-2 $14 (+ tax and shipping).

Michael Steffen’s poetry has been described as “. . . an electric storm of language running a gauntlet of feeling from grief to gallows humor” (Roger Weingarten). His poems, both personal and communal, are linked to the broader world through a style that is “. . . one moment wry and self-deprecating and the next astonishingly open-hearted” (Nancy Eimers).

The scheduled release date for Blood Narrative is February, 2021.  It is available for preorder NOW at advance discount prices, but that price is only good directly from the publisher and may be discontinued at any time.

The price when ordered from the Main Street Rag Online Bookstore is $8.50 (+ tax and shipping). The advantage of buying online: slightly cheaper and shipping per book decreases as quantity increases, because it is based on weight and automatically calculated.

For those who prefer to pay by check, the cost is $12.50/book which includes tax and shipping (Please use this order form).

Please remember: These prices are for advance orders only. It doesn’t mean the book will be shipped early. It only allows buyers to receive a discount for ordering before the book goes to press, but this price will only last for a limited time, so ORDER NOW!