Michael McFee

(Carolina / United States)

Biography of Michael McFee

Michael McFee poet

Michael McFee is a poet and essayist from Asheville, North Carolina.
McFee earned his B.A. (1976) and M.A. (1978) from UNC-Chapel Hill. He left graduate school to work a variety of jobs—editorial assistant, librarian, and freelance journalist among them—while he completed his first book. After it was published, he taught part-time at N.C. State University and UNC-Greensboro. In the late 1980s, McFee was poet-in-residence at Cornell University and also at Lawrence University. He began teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990, where he is now Professor of English in the Creative Writing Program.

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Valentine's Afternoon

Four lanes over, a plump helium heart—

slipped, maybe, from some kid's wrist
or a rushed lover's empty front seat

through a half-cracked car window—

rises like a shiny purple cloudlet
toward today's gray mess of clouds,

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