Michael P. Mallardi, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of University of Notre
Dame, was one of ABC’s Executive Vice Presidents and its Chief Financial
Officer. A member of its Board, he later became Senior Vice President and
President of the Capital Cities/ABC Broadcast Group.
During the course of a recent sermon on the mystery of The Trinity, a priest opined
that those who come to know God best are mystics and writers of religious poetry.
Pen in the Spirit is a book of 152 poems written by a former corporate and media
executive inspired to write poetry as a result of several religious experiences and a
In many ways, reflecting his own personal experiences and spiritual growth, the
author’s poetry looks at God and many traditional devotions and practices from a
unique perspective. Attributing most of his inspirations to inaudible words, thoughts
and themes coming from The Spirit, hence the title of the book, many of his poems
were written in the middle of the night.
The few poems about his family or of a philosophical nature, offer an insight about
someone who journeyed from East Harlem, to the corporate suite, to the plume of a