Oh Solomon is a short and sweet poem that combines powerful religious and modern day iconography to paint a picture of a mental struggle that is both as old as time and relevant to lives of modern men.
Published in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume VII
My first ever publication, Gold Plated Sheets is an early form of the free-verse poetry I would later fall in love with. In it's brief, poignant stanzas, the image of two lovers struggling to connect breaks it's way through the words and onto the page.
Published in Coastline Literary Magazine 2013 Volume
The Alaskan wilderness, a dysfunctional family, and all the alcohol you ever wanted, The Playwrights and Actors of America and Other Countries is a long winded title for a story that encapsulates the heart ache associated with losing family, and the darkness of an ill mind.
Published in Touchstone Literary Magazine 2015 Volume
There's something about open fields that draws exploring couples, dying animals, and questions about how well you and your husband truly connect. A Field Slightly Larger than the Others is a short story that tackles and individual's struggle during a seemingly innocuous outing.
Published in eFiction India Volume 3 Issue 5.
A short story included in Coincidental People, A Meeting at Work follows the reoccurring character Christopher as he runs into a customer twice in the same day. Once at work. Once on the way home.
Published in Digital Papercuts Volume 1 Issue 3
Two poems, each similar in their own rite, that explore a skew in perspective of the world at large. Whether it's meaningless, meaningful, or slowly dripping further from it's intended state, humans are along for the ride.
Published in Maudlin House on May 1st, 2015
It's been said, time and time again, that it's important to test the waters. Much to the detriment of the common fish known as a Molly, this advice is largely followed by most.
Published in ExFic on May 1st 2015
As much as we mention flipping houses as a reliable source of income, there are actually few people who can afford such an investment. Men and Mutts is a short story that focuses on two men that certainly can't afford such an extravagent financial endeavor. Instead, this unlikely pair steals a dead dog.
Published in Lit.Cat issue 10
The golden age of boxing, the high strangeness of a foreign cult, a violent shooting on a train, and an aspiring reporter; all of these meet in what can only be described as the strangest sports article ever written.
Published in Atlas and Alice Issue 7.
From the hospital bed to a local park, one man embraces consciousness in a fit of confusion. Was it an accident? Were the doctors trying to kill me? Did that pigeon just talk? Where do I go now?
Published in 300 Days of Sun Volume 1
One of the first poems I ever wrote, The Good Life covers the average night of a man with seemingly no redeeming qualities.
Published in Degenerates: Voices for Peace Volume 2
Florida natives should be well aquanted with the street names mentioned in this poem, but the that recognition isn't required to enjoy the brief stanzas listed on the page. In fact, anyone with experience and a sense of wonder for the urban sprawl may find a kin in the the lines of this poem.
Published in Pidgeonholes Volume 4
Memories are one of the few gifts life gives us. Sun Hats for Adults is a poem that takes a long hard stare at how we process and handle that gift, hiding it, holding it, and living inside of it.
Published in Tryst Literary Magazine on February 15th 2015
"From the darkly-entertaining "Fat Jesus", to the wistful imaginings of "Women, Rings, and Little Fury Things" and heartrending honesty of "Slow Start," poet Michael Garrett Ashby II 's Degenerates: A Collection of Poetry has something for everyone.
A collection of both new and previously published works,Degenerates is a confusing, enthralling poetic adventure that spans a wide array of subjects and dazzles with its masterful prose throughout. Every page is a new experience, with many intricate twists and turns along the way, as author Ashby takes readers on an emotionally-charged journey through its pages. Though seemingly intended for the seasoned poetry buff, casual readers will also delight in the vivid and sparkling imagery contained therein, though some new to the genre may be overwhelmed by the sheer grandiosity of it all.
Though there are many intriguing perspectives offered up within these pages, "Father" is perhaps the most prolific of them all. Poignant and evocative, it captures the very essence of secrecy and young love; a true diamond, in a sea of shiny stones."
- The Manhattan Review
Coincidental People is a collection of short stories by author and poet Michael Garrett Ashby II. Some of these pieces have been selected as some of his most evocative and striking pieces, while others are part of a series of stories following the lives of Chris, Nancy, and Jacob as they search for some sort of guidance to apply to their own lives. You can grab yourself a copy of this collection on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble.