After more than 40 years of writing, poet Michael Belongie has written about topics as varied as the night sky, Google, Christmas, grief, joy, gardening and email.
His fruitful relationship with Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison has produced a contemplative tone to much of his recent work which includes “Now is All We Have,” published in 2009 and “Embracing the Moment,” released this year.
“I think there’s a real variety of poetry,” he said about his latest volume. But the retired English teacher adds that over the years he has become more introspective, in part, because of his work at Holy Wisdom.
The publishing process this time around required a more hands-on approach. Belongie had the support of the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association for “Beckoned by the Starmaker” in 2012, a collection of his annual Christmas poems. And he had a patron for “Now is All We Have.”
For the latest collection or “chapbook,” he was more involved in the publishing process.
“It’s a lot of work,” he said, adding that he learned a great deal.
He was assisted by Karla Jensen and Rodney Schroeter. Silver Creek Press is publisher.
The book includes watercolors by Anne Christian, a Horicon native. The cover includes a photo of Belongie’s golden retriever and his granddaughter.
The book is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Belongie will offer an inaugural reading of “Embracing the Moment” at 6:30 p.m. on April 21 at Wayland Academy Chapel, 101 N. University Ave. Books will be available.