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Michael Lally (poet)

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Name  Michael Lally
Role  Poet

Albums  What You Find There
Awards  American Book Awards
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Born  May 25, 1942 Orange, New Jersey (1942-05-25)
Occupation  Poet, Playwright, Actor
Movies  The Nesting, Cool World, White Fang, Fogbound, The Technical Writer
Similar People  Ate de Jong, Ralph Bakshi, Randal Kleiser

Michael Lally (born May 25, 1942) is an American-born poet and the author of twenty-seven books of poetry. He is considered part of the New York School of poetry, which began in the early 1950s and is acknowledged as one of the most influential movements of American poetry. He counts among his major influences the poets Frank O'Hara and William Carlos Williams, as well as writer William Saroyan.


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Early years

The youngest of seven in an Irish-American family of policemen, priests, and politicians Lally was born in Orange, New Jersey and raised in South Orange, New Jersey. His poetry and prose moves through and reflects on many of the seminal shifts in American culture from the 1950s forward: the civil rights, gay rights, women’s rights and anti-war movements and his active participation in each. Master of the autobiographical style, his writing charts the internal emotional landscape of the evolving 20th century man.

Lally started out playing piano and reading his poetry in coffeehouses and bars in 1959. In 1962 he joined the United States Air Force, where he spent more than four years as an enlisted man, and later used the G.I. Bill to attend the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. While living in Iowa Lally’s devotion to political reform extended beyond editorials. In the fall of 1968 he actively campaigned for the position of Johnson County Sheriff as part of the Peace and Freedom Party ticket.

Writing career

In 1972 he wrote the autobiographical “South Orange Sonnets” which received a New York Poetry Center Discovery Award.

Acting career

He moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1982 to find work acting in movies and TV (as Michael David Lally), mostly as a bad guy and the occasional good guy. He was seen in films including Basic Instinct (1992), White Fang (1991) and Cool World (1992), as well as on TV as Captain Bubb in Deadwood (2004), Walter Hoyt on NYPD Blue (1995-97) and Detective Frank Costa on JAG (1997-98). His writing found its way into several movies including .

Personal life

Lally has been married three times. His first wife Carol Lee Fisher from 1964 to 1979. The second wife was Penelope Milford from 1982 to 1984. He then wed a third time to Jaina Flynn in 1997 before separating in 2003. Lally has three children: Caitlin, Miles and Flynn


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