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Chelsea Wagenaar

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Chelsea Wagenaar received a BA from the University of Virginia and a PhD from the University of North Texas. She is the author of Mercy Spurs the Bone (Anhinga Press, 2015), which was selected for the 2013 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry. She is currently a Lilly Fellow at Valparaiso University in Indiana.

by this poet

Thomas Stevens took a giant spin, becoming the first person to
complete a trip around Earth by bicycle.
          —New York Times

Sometime on the third day of Hungary,
she joins him. Day and night, day
and night, propelled by the will of his legs,

he has been alone. Until now.
She is light and deft