- Poet Reading
for Kathryn Stripling Byer
Each poem was a stationary dance: lifting her sturdy left foot behind her and marking time with it in the charged air,
she pressed on open palm in the small of her back as if gliding across the floor to someone who would mirror her movements,
swaying left and right, then raising high the hand that had written the very words that she and her partners were now dancing to. [End Page 128]
Michael McFee a writer, editor, and critic and teaches in the creative writing program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work includes The Smallest Talk, Shinemaster, Sad Girl Sitting on a Running Board, The Napkin Manuscripts: Selected Essays, and most recently, the poetry collection We Were Once Here.