Anne Michaels

Literary Birthday – 15 April – Anne Michaels

Happy Birthday, Anne Michaels, born 15 April 1958.


  1. Hold a book in your hand and you’re a pilgrim at the gates of a new city.
  2. Long after you’ve forgotten someone’s voice, you can still remember the sound of their happiness or their sadness. You can feel it in your body.
  3. The best teacher lodges an intent not in the mind but in the heart.
  4. Important lessons: look carefully; record what you see. Find a way to make beauty necessary; find a way to make necessity beautiful.
  5. The truth doesn’t care what we think of it.
  6. To share a hiding place, physical or psychological, is as intimate as love.

Anne Michaels is a Canadian poet and novelist. She has won many international awards including the Orange Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, and the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Americas. Her award-winning novel, Fugitive Pieces was adapted for the screen in 2007. Michaels was the poet laureate of Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 2016 to 2019.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 14th April 2020