Today's poem is "Blue Sky"
from Spill

Tupelo Press

Michael Chitwood was born in the foothills of the Virginia Blue Ridge in a small town named Rocky Mount. He grew up there, attending the county’s only high school. He attended Emory and Henry College for my undergraduate degree, earning a BA in English in 1980. He worked as a science writer for a number of years at the University of Virginia Medical Center, eventually becoming assistant editor of the magazine Helix. While there, he also became a full-time student in the MFA program, receiving his degree in 1986. He moved to North Carolina that year and worked as a science and medical writer at Duke University Medical Center and then at Research Triangle Institute where he edited the magazine Hypotenuse. After the birth of his son, he became a free-lance writer and full-time Dad. And he became a commentator for the Chapel Hill affiliate of National Public Radio. He also began teaching at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is now a full-time visiting lecturer at UNC and lives with his wife and two children on the street with the most absolutely ridiculous name in the state of North Carolina—Tallyho Trail.

Other poems by Michael Chitwood in Verse Daily:
February 20, 2007:   "The Deer" "I am being prayed for...."

Books by Michael Chitwood: Spill, From Whence, Gospel Road Going, The Weave Room , Hitting Below the Bible Belt: Baptist Voodoo, Blood Kin, Grandma's Teeth and Other Stories from the South , Whet, Salt Works,

Other poems on the web by Michael Chitwood:
Two poems
Three poems
Two poems
"The Snowfields at Lone Fountain"
"Duty and History"
Four poems
"The Small-Town Voice of God"

About Spill:

"Spill is a profoundly moving, clear seeing, utterly accomplished song of praise for the world in all its mutable and evanescent glory. . . . Spill is a beautiful book, heart breaking, funny, keenly observed—more evidence for those who need it that Michael Chitwood is one of America's finest poets."
—Alan Shapiro

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