|Issue 8:||June 2021|
my father told me where the grand lodge once sat at the top of the bluffs overlooking a vast saltwater estuary next to the Pacific he said the birds which used to thrive here were so numerous that when a rifle cracked open the July silence the birds would eclipse the sun but so many were killed by wealthy businessmen away from their families with all of the other men hiding with cold phallic shafts in their hands that by the ’50s few birds could be seen except for the regal blue herons perched in the imported palms which they did not kill because they were too like themselves and whenever we drove by the spot where the building once stood i looked up there and could almost see the specter of its oil-bathed bulk its glimmerless dormer windows eyeing each falling bird and could almost hear the ghostly roar of wings and wings and wings
As an RN in the great Pacific Northwest, Scott Ferry helps our Veterans heal. In other lives, he taught English and practiced acupuncture. He also serves as Senior Editor at Gleam: Journal of the Cadralor, and his writing appears in American Journal of Poetry, Cultural Weekly, KYSO Flash, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Misfit, Noble/Gas Qtrly, Slippery Elm, Spillway, and Swimming with Elephants, among others.
His third book of poetry, These Hands of Myrrh, is upcoming from Kelsay Books. His first collection, The only thing that makes sense is to grow, was published by Moon Tide Press in December 2019, and his second, Mr. Rogers kills fruit flies, by Main Street Rag in October 2020.
Author’s website: https://ferrypoetry.com
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