Michael Thomas has had difficulty applying his great knowledge of history, literature and art. But in his poetry, he is free to express his understandings in unbridled creative and playful ways. This, his most recent book of poetry is likely his most creative and playful, as he becomes more versed and practiced every day. Michael is blessed with an extensive vocabulary and the understanding of how to blend words to create effects which are more than the sum of the phrases, like a jazz master plays a saxophone solo. You cannot put what you heard into words, you only know that it left you awed and satisfied when it was over. Such is the sublime nature of high art in all of its varied forms. In Michael Thomas Poetry 6, we have a collection that in totality reaches that sublimity a multitude of times, leaving the reader many memorable experiences.
We all have our take on what is divine and what makes things divine. As we get older we tend to spend more time contemplating the divine. When the author, Michael Thomas, first saw a picture of this fresco, he was stricken with feelings of identification. For him, this picture was a wonderful representation of the divine, so he has chosen to share it with his readers as a personal expression of divinity. In his fifth volume of poetry, Michael Thomas becomes more philosophical and begins to plum the depths of humanity, looking for the go0odness that he can attach himself to . As readers, we have the chance to attach ourselves to divinity through his words.
In the 1470’s, Luca Pacioli invented the double-entry bookkeeping system still in use today. I say, “Shows you how quickly we advance!” But I am proved wrong by this book, a book which not only discusses the basic precepts of accounting, it discuss-es the temptations and mistakes that plague business owners everywhere. Both a book on Basic Accounting and a morality play, Michael Thomas has rewritten the place of accounting to include personal accounting for actions as well. It is a breath of fresh air to a field that has remained mostly static since the 1470’s.
Almost 5,000 years ago Enheduanna took time to write 42 hymns and a poem called Min-Me-Sar-Ra or The Exhaultation of Inanna. She is considered the first woman author in recorded history. Forward fast a few thousand years and we are priveledged to have the more sophisticated pennings of Michael Thomas, and you do not have to carry huge volumes of stone tablets to read it. Yet, Michael pays homage to the greatness of those who blazed the trail upon which the rest of us travel. He pulls it all into an amalgamous knowledge of expressive language. Come and see what poetry has evolved to over 5,000 years.