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Gibson Fay-LeBlanc

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Gibson Fay-LeBlanc is the author of Death of a Ventriloquist (University of North Texas, 2012), chosen by Lisa Russ Spaar as the winner of the Vassar Miller Prize. He lives in Portland, Maine.

by this poet

He slept in the tinder box
his master made, and oak
grain governed the dreaming—

his left eye clouded over,
he closed the other and saw
mild applause in his future.

His bed sat at a crevice
edge, pure pitch below,
and a cold wind slowed

the senses, rising from who
knows where. Later his mind
became its pin,