Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

James McMichael’s first book, The Style of the Short Poem (1967), was an analysis of poetry using Yvor Winters’s approach to writing. The book reflects the influence on McMichael of Winters, who was the poet’s teacher at Stanford University. McMichael favors controlled, low-key poetry that tells a story rather than assaults the senses of readers. A second book, Ulysses and Justice (1991), analyzed James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922), focusing on the author’s definition of justice and how his ideals permeate the work. In this work, McMichael provides some new insight into a work that has generated considerable comment.