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.
 
 
 
 
 
MIKE WHITE is the author of How to Make a Bird with Two Hands (Word Works), which was awarded the 2011 Washington Prize. His poems have appeared in magazines including Poetry, Ploughshares, The New Republic, The Threepenny Review, and FIELD. Originally from Montreal, he now lives in Salt Lake City and teaches at the University of Utah.