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Michelle Wirth (they/them) is a trans, nonbinary, genderqueer writer in Madison, Wisconsin. Michelle was long-listed for the 2021 Penrose Poetry Prize; their poems appear in Oroboro magazine. Their hybrid poetry/art zine, Harm Done, co-created with Detroit-based artist Austin Brady, won Best LitZine and Best Overall Zine in the 2022 Broken Pencil Zine Awards. In addition, Michelle has published TV analysis in The Fandomentals, and—in a distant past—a number of peer-reviewed articles about stress and hormones in scientific journals.

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25 Sep 2023

People who live in glass houses are surrounded by dirt birds
After a century, the first colony / of bluebirds flew out of my mouth.
Over and over the virulent water / beat my flame down to ash
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