Michael Main is a 53-year-old USA career poet, educated at Indiana University-Bloomington. A USA... more
Michael Main is a 53-year-old USA career poet, educated at Indiana University-Bloomington. A USA West Coast writer, he currently lives and writes in the small commercial crab fishing port of Newport, Oregon. Originally from the USA Midwest heartland, he is a past recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission. In 1996, he was among the first writers in the U.S. to mount a literary web studio offering electronic multi-media text/graphic presentations (Star Thrower Publishing (http://www.star-thrower.com). Main has been highly influenced by Heller Levinson's Hinge Theory, as articulated by Howling Dog Press Editor/Publisher Michael Annis. Main’s socio/lexical/political life project involves producing new Language Poem "Hinge" works to empower and further explore the dynamics, which Levinson had revealed in Smelling Mary (HDP 2007). Similarly, New York art photographer Henry Avignon's application of Hinge concepts to the practice of “Extractionist” photography is Main’s primary current contemporary influence. Main believes these burgeoning avant-garde language poet movements embody a realistic prospect for cultivating adept levels of revolutionary linguistic practice whose effects can activate a power shift toward social consciousness change. Main's early experience with the form suggests to him that Hinge is fully capable of bringing writers and readers to levels of linguistic energy, intellectual discovery, and emotional joy that must be critical to the survival of any advancement of adept and alert culture in the early 21st Century.