Wiley Birkhofer

A Little Forced

To write a good poem
is like blindfolding your donkey
and leading him to a surprise party.
You can lead your donkey to a surprise party
but you can’t make him drink it.

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Wiley Birkhofer (1987-2014) was a poet, musician, and artist from Menlo Park, CA. He studied English at Stanford and poetry at the graduate writing program at NYU, where he earned his MFA in 2014. Other poems can be found in Split Infinitive, Word Riot, Punchnel’s, and at wileybirkhofer.com.

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