winsome reveries
and words on white paper


Poems from the 1970's

Poetry from the 1980's

Poetry from the 1990's

Poetry from the 2000's

Themed groupings of my poetry from my blog WhenWordsCollide


The ElectricPoetry Group on Yahoo Groups. Online since 2001.


This is the poetry website of Michael F. Nyiri. For several years, starting in 1967, I have written reams of verse, then tucked them all away in volumes which had only been read by a select few. Beginning in May of 1999, on my 46th birthday, I began a Poetry section on my webpage, AllThingsMike, to eventually collect and display all my poetry in chronological order. The Poetry section evolved into the original ElectricPoetry website on Homestead in 2000. In January of 2004, I "published" the current edition of this website, a more ambitious undertaking, which, as this new Millennium evolves, is truly attempting to chart "a life in verse" as was my intention in the beginning.

Poetry is the lifeblood of my humanity, words which pour from me like the water of life. By hereby posting this tome on the internet, I copyright all words.Poems presented here are available for posting on other websites and blogs, as long as I am credited as the author, and a link provided back to this site on the page.
The collection now spans some forty years, and is listed chronologically with each decade divided into years, and each year's worth of poetry listed by Title and Date, which is a link if the poem is online. New transcriptions are stamped with their posting date. Someday, I hope to have series and cross referencing available. Some of this exists throughout the site.
All current efforts, which are written on a computer keyboard these days, are being posted, and there are links to the many introductions I have written for the several "volumes" of my verse on paper. The archives are growing as time allows. If there is an interest, I hope eventually to offer my poetry books for sale over the internet.
For now, anyway, whilst the site still stands, and for as long as I can maintain the payments to keep it there,, I hereby dedicate this website to artistic expression, and the broad canvas of webcreativity.

A moment is a lifetime filled with wonder and passion
A lifetime is a moment in existence
We are all one, and one of the things which keep us sane is our ability to love.
I love you all, and my heart beats a ringing song.
I reach out to touch humanity, and bask in the heavenly glow of humanity's face.
Thanks for listening.

Michael F. Nyiri , poet 1999 (rev. 11/27/08, 01/31/10)

November 2009 : Decades and Year page updates

In preparation for the AllThingsMike 10 year anniversary in May of 2009, plus the fact that my email address has been changed and I haven't updated this site in such a long time, I have gone through the decades pages and all the year pages for the Eighties, Nineties, and Aughts. A lot of these pages had to have major overhauls, simplifying the HTML coding. This site was one of the first I designed using Dreamweaver back in 2004 and I've learned a lot since then, so the updates on all pages are necessary. There is now a link on most of the sidebars to the Blog's ElectricPoetry Tag section, which lists ElectricPoetry themed posts in descending order on my blog.

Introduction Section contains Introductions to all the original "Volumes"

The 1972 Introduction to The Poetry of Michael F. Nyiri
Poetry, A Loosely Constructed Essay

Written by MIchael F. Nyiri at 19 years of age in 1972.

When two people meet, they notice only that outer covering called the "skin" and only a "pinch" of personality. They fail to realize that the one standing across from them is not a walking doll, but a human being with fears, hopes, achievements, and failures, a paradox on two legs, a ,map of life. We so seldom think of others, we say we do, but we feel sorry for ourselves even more so. The casual passerby who asks for the time is as much a person as we are, yet we fail to realize this. He has porobably fallen in and out of love, witnessed tragedy, and pulled through an accident barely alive also.

The poet accomplishes two things in this world of people. He writes about himself and others. Writing about life is difficult, but it forces others to realize people are "here', they are living, they are alive.

No poet is perfect. They all try very hard, though. A poem is a thought or an emotion, expressed through the eyes of the poet. Some poems are written in a month, a year, others in a moment. Poems diagram a small bit of life. Each poem is a heartbeat on an oscilliscope. Each poem is a small part of a great whole.

The poet can only be biased. He can't help it. Even though he may try, he only "knows" himself. He only tries to write about others, and the poem only proclaims what he thought at the time he wrote it.

This collection spans a few years. When the poet is extremely young, he hardly knows his own feelings. The poems are merely versed stories, most with no content other than entertainment.

The poems grow in insight with time. Some are bad only because they are not understood. No poem is really good if it tries to imitate a moment in life. The poet is extremely fortunate if people understand what he feebly attempts to say.

A poem may or may not rhyme, it may or may not have punctuation, or strict meters. What it does have is one feeling or thought, one bit of mind of the poet.

A poem is only a group of words. They may be constructed in any number of ways, but they only try ot convey, to communicate with others one facet of life.

Whether they succeed is up to life itself.

MFN 1972

Latest News:

There is a header block titled "ElectricPoetry Blogposts" appearing on most of the main pages of the site, beginning with the Aughts section. This button takes you to the "tags" page of my WhenWordsCollide blog detailing all ElectricPoetry themed posts in order of posting, with the latest post listed first. There are now seven pages of posts. On the blog I post themed groupings of my poetry, with a "Behind the Poetry" feature explaining the process. There is a link on the left navigation column for the "Heartbeats on the Oscilliscope of Life" blog which I don't actively maintain, but the posts on the WhenWordsCollide blog are updated and maintained now for over four years.

I am getting a fair amount of "comments" on the poetry entries on my Xanga blog, WhenWordsCollide. I post a weekly "ElectricPoetry Post" on my blog featuring newly transcribed and older themed poetry from among these pages. The most current post is almost always featured on page one of the blog as one of the top five entries.

The introductions page was posted online in June of 2007, with each introduction in chronological order.

Latest poetry 11/30/08: 9 poems have been added to the 1983 section. Updates for all of the aughts sections through 2008 have been posted. 7 poems have been added to the 1981 section, almost completing that section. 4 poems have been added to 1992 completing that section. All 90s and 00s pages have had links updated, including email, and the addition of the Introductions and ElectricPoetry Blogpost links.

When you see the text:

newly posted 11/29/08 or posted 11/29/08

behind a title, it is when the title was first transcribed and posted to the web. Most recent postings are in red ink. I've posted approximately 400 poems so far. My "collected works" as listed in the pages of this site, number roughly 750, and the number only grows with the poems I write. MFN



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