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Michael McFee

When: Sat., April 7, 11 a.m. 2012

The fact that we even have a National Poetry Month speaks to the marginalization of verse in American popular culture. But North Carolina boasts a number of populist poets who find inspiration and profundity in the doings of everyday life. An Asheville native, Michael McFee has been a pillar of the UNC-Chapel Hill creative writing program for decades. He's tuned his attention to find mundane epiphanies virtually everywhere, and the lyrical notes he hits have become a favorite tune for North Carolina readers. "Poultice" describes a mother's improvised first-aid for her son: "Her little boy bee-stung, yelping, / she'd tap a cigarette from her pack / and peel back its flimsy paper / with a long chipped pinkie nail." That Was Oasis (Carnegie Mellon University Press) is his eighth book of poems. He reads at 11 a.m. —Chris Vitiello


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