The Dichotomy Between Light & Dark
by Michael B. Carroll Jr.
These poems speak to struggle stemming from both the internal and the external—a collection deeply rooted in the human experience, life philosophies, identity politics, faith, shame, pride, trials, and triumph. The common thread throughout is identity and asks: Who are we? Why are we made to sometimes feel “sub-human?” How does this feeling impact our overall wellness from a physical, emotional, social, and spiritual point-of-view? And most importantly, how do we strive to see the light in people and in ourselves, despite such turmoil—this dichotomy between light and dark.
About the Author
Michael B. Carroll Jr. is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Professional Studies (Health Science / Psychology dual minor). He is a native of Philadelphia, PA and has published creative work in The Esthetic Apostle Literary Magazine. Michael’s work has also been featured in the inaugural issue of Cathexis Northwest Press.
He refers to his greatest aspirations in life as M&M Dreams, which represent his immutable love for both music and the practice of medicine. Music continues to inspire him to live, love, and create, passionately—while his desire to someday practice medicine keeps him emotionally connected to his humanity. When not writing poetry, songs or studying medicine, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends and pretending he’s a sommelier.
Michael can be found on Instagram: @sirdukeofwagadu.
What They’re Saying…
Arranged as if a program for a symphony, the music in this collection jumps right off the page. I know that it is too often said of poems that the rhythm leaves the page, but I dare you to read “Toe Tappin’” and not find yourself doing as the title suggests. Never before have I been so taken by onomatopoeia—do yourself a favor and not simply read this collection, but listen.
— C. M. Tollefson, Cathexis Northwest Press; High Shelf Press
Michael Carroll has an ear for poetry. As if Coltrane and Marcus Aurelius shared their secrets, Carroll’s meditations express free and bold cathartic verse. Whether he is hearing a new calling from “Behind the Georgian Marble Walls” or embracing who he is in “The Unveiling of the Cloak,” Carroll unmistakably delivers rhythm and truth.
— Samuel Griffin, founder, The Esthetic Apostle
The Dichotomy Between Light & Dark is an attempt to fill the distance between people while “living in the endless chorus of prayer” that makes up so much of our modern world—prayers for the living, prayers for the dead, prayers for the oppressed, prayers for the everyday. This marvelous collection navigates the desires of humanity with rhythm, repetition, and grace, demonstrating an ambitious orchestration of form on the page.
— J. David, poetry editor, Flypaper Magazine