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Mike White


Border

 
Black out heat delirium
in a crawlspace
in the back of a delivery truck,

 

the drone of flies and the dark
parts of animals.     

 

It could’ve been worse, he says. 

 

But there are things he can’t eat,
and words
that catch in his throat

 

in more than one tongue. 

  

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Mike White’s poetry collection, How to Make a Bird with Two Hands (Word Works, 2012), was awarded the 2011 Washington Prize.  His work has appeared in magazines including PoetryThe New RepublicThe Threepenny ReviewThe Iowa ReviewThe Antioch Review, and FIELD.  Originally from Montreal, he now teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Utah. 

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Mike White’s poetry collection, How to Make a Bird with Two Hands (Word Works, 2012), was awarded the 2011 Washington Prize.  His work has appeared in magazines including PoetryThe New RepublicThe Threepenny ReviewThe Iowa ReviewThe Antioch Review, and FIELD.  Originally from Montreal, he now teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Utah.