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Issue 17: 29 Jan. 2023
Poem: 92 words
By Scott Ferry

when looking through a window at a landscape

here are ways to disassemble the maple and cottonwood 
and beyond that the container cranes and beyond that the hills 

of silt and beyond that the silent mantle of salt and sea 
the ache of what is does not make it easier to take off 

the face from a body or the skin from water—
the pauses between syllables 

almost swallowed 
and finally spit 

i cough them out—look in my hands—

a mirror-marble! a slender music! an ant queen 
with resplendent wings! 

Scott Ferry
Issue 17 (29 January 2023)

helps our Veterans heal as an RN in the Seattle area. His next book of poetry, The Long Blade of Days Ahead, is due out in August from Impspired. Links to his other books, including his first collection, The only thing that makes sense is to grow (Moon Tide Press, 2019), are available at his website:


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