The Mad Angler Poems           by Michael Delp, wood engravings by Chad Pastotnik                    

The Mad Angler Poems

“Michael Delp must be proclaimed the King of moving water. I have long been an ardent fan of both his poetry and prose...”

Jim Harrison
                            review from A Last Good Water
  Regular edition of The Mad Angler Poems                                    


Michael Delp

"When I meet people, I judge them by how I think they would handle a fly rod."

~   M. Delp


book signingWhile the book evokes something fishy The Mad Angler Poems are something unto themselves that transcend the genre to feelings, feelings of empathy toward our most natural environments. Much of Mike Delp's writing has dealt in and around the subjects of trout, writing and water and this collection of 24 poems brings a cohesion to the wit and pointed madness that is actually merely the love for wild places as yet not ruined by man. A rollicking adventure of thought through reflections on the subtle habitat of trout juxtaposed with the greed of development and back room deals - the Mad Angler holds nothing back for those deemed unworthy. For those with a predisposed sensitivity for the natural world (especially if the imagery of fly fishing enchants you) these words are affirmation and anthem.

This is the second offering from Deep Wood Press of Michael Delp's work. The first piece is the broadside The Mad Angler's Manifesto which also appears in this book.

Michael Delp
is a writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction whose works have appeared in numerous national publications. He is the author of the following five books from Wayne State University Press - Over the Graves of Horses (1989), Under the Influence of Water (1992), The Coast of Nowhere (1997), The Last Good Water (2003), and As If We Were Prey (2010) in addition to six chapbooks of poetry and being the co-editor of the Made In Michigan book series from Wayne State University Press. He taught creative writing at the Interlochen Arts Academy, has twice been the winner of the Passages North/NEH Poetry Competition, and has won a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award.

The Mad Angler Poems                                       

Illustrated with 5 hand colored wood engravings by Chad Pastotnik and an introduction by Jack Driscoll

The regular edition is quarter-bound in heavy board in a brown Harmatan Moroccan goat with a cotton/linen Asahi book cloth. Gold title on spine with a varnished panel on the cover cloth overprinted with the brown drake fly wood engraving and Mocha Hahnemuhle Bugra flyleaves back up the book blocks which are hand sewn on straps. The book is composed in 11 pt  Janson with Garamond in display sizes and printed in 2 colors on Magnani Revere cotton 120gsm paper. 8 7/8 x 6 7/8 x 1/2 inches, 33 pages.

Edition of 71 books, the first 10 are reserved for the deluxe edition and 1 special copy for the author. Signed and numbered.

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Deluxe edition coming soon.

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