In the Widdle Wat of Time
In the Widdle Wat of Time is a collection of poems and very short stories. Poems include sonnets, haiku, erotic and prose poetry, lyrics, children's poetry...the common theme being that a poet like all people has many sides: Mature, child-like, hopeful, cynical, sincere, ironic, political, up-to-his-ears and over-his-head in politics, groping for answers amid the questions.
From In The Widdle Wat Of Time:
Far from the F-22s being deployed now to Europe
Far from the prison cell where the one who spoke is silenced
Far from the bombs and bullets
Far from the bodies being washed upon the shore
Far from the old who have seen it all before
Far from the young who will never grow old
Far from those who profi t by it
Far from all of that
I watch my apples grow
Some mornings I can even smell them from the window
I tried not to fall
But there was nothing to hold onto But the falling
Roses are blue, violets are red
LSD taught me it's all in my head
God bless America...and everywhere else
Michael Lederer was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1956. He grew up in New Haven, Vienna, New York City, and Palo Alto, California. In 1981 he received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Binghamton University in New York. He is a member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). He was an original member of TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. Acting roles there included Prince Serpuhovsky in Tolstoy's Strider, Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac, and Sigmund Freud in Fräulein Dora.
In the mid 1980s, Lederer lived in a fishing village called La Herradura on the coast of southern Spain. In the months following he wrote his first book, Nothing Lasts Forever Anymore (published Barcelona, 1999). It was also published in Spanish translation as Ya nada dura eternamente. In 2013, PalmArtPress in Berlin republished the book, also in a German translation as Nichts ist mehr für die Ewigkeit.
In 2009, Lederer founded the Dubrovnik Shakespeare Festival in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and remains its Artistic Director. He is co-founder of Safe Haven Museum in Oswego, New York. Lederer's play Mundo Overloadus premiered at New York's PS122 in 2010. His book The Great Game: Berlin-Warsaw Express and Other Stories was published in Berlin 2012. His first full-length novel, Cadaqués, was published by PalmArtPress in February 2014.