AUGUST 11tH READER: Michael VanCalbergh

Michael VanCalbergh is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA in Poetry where he also teaches Writing Composition and works for the Rutgers REaCH program. When not working, he tries to teach his 10-month old daughter to love the Incredible Hulk as much as he does. His work has appeared in various journals including Weave Magazine, Naugatuck River Review, and Per Contra.

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From his poem Four Boys Under an Awning:

“The smoke and wet ground smelled

like gravestones, but we refused to leave

until the Wild Turkey


was finished. We talked

jobs and girlfriends like we were taught

and called all the flowers daffodils


until someone spoke up,

said forsythia. We laughed

because one of us knew the name


of a flower and because we couldn’t admit

the word tasted good.”






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