Pages: 103 pages
Description: In “Death of a Postcard” Minassian writes, “What does open / communication / really mean?” The poems in Time is Not a River balance historical personas with personal reflections. Minassian poses more questions than he answers. Perhaps history itself is a communication. Perhaps our communications within it, no matter how small, are historical. Something as common as a postcard attains pragmatic eloquence in these poems. “Time is Not a River” is a philosophy as much as a poetry collection. The reader will engage with familiar events from his or her own life, but will perhaps see them in an entirely different vein. Our lives are historical monuments. This should give us pause in our daily lives. Minassian himself took the time to share these speculative considerations from his heartaches and distances.
Michael Minassian was born in New York City and grew up in New York and New Jersey. In addition to living in Florida, California, Connecticut, North Carolina and Texas, he lived and taught overseas in England, Jamaica, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. As an educator, he served as a consultant in Spain and Ecuador.
He earned a BA in Political Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and MA in English with a Certificate in Creative Writing at California State University at Dominguez Hills. He also studied and served as a guest tutor at Cambridge University’s Summer Study Program in the UK.
Minassian is a Contributing Editor for Verse-Virtual, an online magazine. His chapbooks include poetry: The Arboriculturist (2010), Jack Pays a Visit (pending); and photography: Around the Bend (2017).
His poems and short stories have appeared in a number of periodicals and anthologies, both online and in print including Bridging Continents, Chiron Review, Comstock Review, Evening Street Review, Harbinger’s Asylum, Live Encounters, Loch Raven Review, Main Street Rag, New Ulster, Poet Lore, Stoneboat, Third Wednesday, The Ocotillo, and Verse-Virtual.
A member of the Poetry Society of Texas and the Denton Poets Assembly, he lives in the DFW area with his wife, and is currently working on a new book of poems and a blog devoted to current and classic cinema.