To hear Michael Sweeney tell it, he started to write poetry relatively late in life, and is still learning his craft.
“It took me a while to get committed to poetry,” said Sweeney, a Shelton resident who teaches English, creative writing and poetry at Fairfield University.
“I started writing poetry at a career crossroads,” he said. “The next step was committing myself to poetry or scholarship. It took me so long to jump in the pool. It’s a lifelong process. It’s a long apprenticeship.”
But despite the delay, he’s made his mark in the poetry field.
To date, he’s published two books of poetry, Octagon Commonweal and In Memory of the Fast Break, and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, bestowed to individual poems, short fiction and essays that have been nominated by magazine and book editors.