Biography of Michael McFee
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.
Michael McFee Poems
Little paper cuds we made by ripping the corners or edges from homework and class notes
Four lanes over, a plump helium heart— slipped, maybe, from some kid's wrist or a rushed lover's empty front seat
Little paper cuds we made
by ripping the corners or edges
from homework and class notes
then ruminating them into balls
we'd flick from our fingertips
or catapult with pencils
or (sometimes after lunch)
launch through striped straws
like deadly projectiles