E.M. doctor, writer publishes first poetry book

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An East Meadow doctor and recently turned writer published his first poetry book on Feb. 9.

Michael Lee, 50, of Huntington, is a 22-year physician and doctor at American Family Care Urgent Care in East Meadow. His book titled “Not Gonna Write Poems: A Poetry Book for all the Non Poets,” includes over 70 poems in the vein of Shel Silverstein.

“I kind of dabbled in poetry when I was in high school a little bit, but I never tried to do anything formal until 2017,” he said, adding that he would often write poems to his wife, who was an avid reader and poetry fan.

After reading Silverstein with his family, Lee grew interested in writing his own children’s poems. He enlisted his daughter Jessica as his illustrator and, for a year, worked on the book that he recently self-published on a website called lulu.com

Lee describes his poems as funny and amusing pieces that are geared toward children and about topics varying from bad teachers to interesting food choices. “Hopefully adults could read it and get a kick out of it too,” he said.

Lee’s book was recently awarded a five-out-of-five star rating by Reader’s Favorite book review site. Literature critic Vernita Naylor called his work “funny” and “quirky” and wrote, “Each poem will awaken your imagination.”