The Threshold of Light

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“If ever a book found words for cosmic energy, it’s THE THRESHOLD OF LIGHT. ‘Light’ becomes the dynamic force here; and in this sallow time in history we need this book more than ever. To live at the highest level of human thought is to refresh language; and Glaser shows that our ordinary daily acts are divine ones. This poetry blesses every day, and us, with its descriptions.”—Grace Cavalieri, The Poet and the Poem from The Library of Congress

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Michael S. Glaser served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004-2009. He is a Professor Emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he served as both a professor and an administrator for nearly 40 years. A recipient of the Dodge Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching, Glaser has also received the Columbia Merit Award for his service to poetry in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, and Loyola College’s Andrew White Medal for his “lasting contributions to Maryland’s life and rich literary tradition.” A Maryland State Arts Council poet-in-the-schools for more than 25 years, he also served on the Maryland State Department of Education’s Arts Advisory Committee, the Maryland Humanities’ Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors for the Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center in Bangor, PA. With his wife, Kathleen, Glaser co-leads retreats that embrace the reading and writing of poetry as a means of self-reflection, personal growth, and purposeful engagement in the world.


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