Mike White

Two poems from Mike White’s Wordless
followed by a note on the author

Addendum to a Miracle

And then, after
asking for silence, and
for silence please, and
for silence way in the back please,

he made of the many fishes
(churning silver
in the brimful baskets)

just one
irrefutable fish, size
of a single loaf of bread,

and the mouths of the multitude
watered, and
the gills of the dying fish
fanned the poison air.

Things Pitched


and a rationale
for the same,


a perfect game.

Mike White’s poems have appeared in magazines including Poetry, Ploughshares, FIELD, The New Republic, The Yale Review, and The Threepenny Review. His first collection, How to Make a Bird with Two Hands (Word Works 2012), received the Washington Prize. He lives in Salt Lake City and teaches at the University of Utah.

Addendum to a Miracle first appeared on Green Mountains Review Online ; Things Pitched first appeared in The Threepenny Review.