Michael McFee, "We Were Once Here"
Please join us at The Regulator Bookshop for a special evening with Durham's own Michael McFee in celebration of his new book of poetry, We Were Once Here.
In We Were Once Here, McFee continues to write inventive appreciations of often-overlooked subjects, particularly the people and language of his native Appalachia. This new collection contains thoughtful and playful celebrations of such things as snoring, a wall telephone from the 1960s, yardsticks, the Sunday newspaper, and Fats Waller. It also extends the poet's characteristic lyric keenness into longer work, including a 21-part centerpiece elegy for his niece. The book concludes with, and is famed by, poems that explore the bittersweet enduring joys of "here."
"...a strong, moving collection from one of our most quietly remarkable poets." -- Phillip Memmer
Michael McFee, a native of Asheville, North Carolina, has taught poetry writing at UNC-Chapel Hill since 1990. He is the author or editor of fifteen books: of his nine poetry collections, the previous four—That Was Oasis, Shinemaster, Earthly, and Colander, were published by Carnegie Mellon.