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WINTER 2021-22

 

Rich Ferguson

WHEN DUST GETS KICKED UP BY THE BOOTHEELS OF DISAPPOINTMENT

Days feeling like a throwaway line from a song about been done wrong. Days hanging themselves with nooses of self-doubts. Days grown restless and feverish. All the leprous isolation, zombie walks across killing floors of uncertain tomorrows. Days hogtied by heartache, feeling the boot heel of disappointment grind into our backs. Days longing to be the pillow in that bed where love lays its head down to rest. Days where all is quiet and still, the earth rotating on an axis of unagony. Days where there is steadiness, the ground bearing no rupture or grief. As if the dead below us are refusing to undance our dance of future dreams.

Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Rich Ferguson has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Wanda Coleman, Moby and other noted poets and musicians. He is a featured performer in the film “What About Me” featuring Michael Stipe, Michael Franti, k.d. lang and others. His newest collection ‘Everything is Beautiful Between the Hates’ (Moon Tide Press 2021).