The Axe

From: The Book of Festus


Haligonians, to Festus – Holy Cross Cemetery – Festus Maximus, To Himself – Off-Course, Citadel Hill, the Bone Ghost Sings of Electricity – Map Song N° 1 – The White Well, 1861 – The Girding of Spring Garden Road – Park Lane Mall, An Introduction – Festus Engages Spring Garden Road in Dialogue – Hermit Crab at Park Lane Aquarium – Map, in Electric Light – Down – Open Curtains – Sally Gone – Public Gardens, 1761 – Byplay – By-Ground Sally – Oxen, Sun – Map Song N° 2 – Ceremony—Eating in Front of TV – What Park Lane Thinks, Stomping Public Gardens – In Memoriam, Sally



John Wall Barger

John Wall Barger is the author of three previous books of poetry: Pain-proof Men (2009), Hummingbird (2011), and The Book Of Festus (2015), which was a finalist for the 2016 JM Abraham Poetry Award. His work has appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, The Cincinnati Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Rattle, and the Best of the Best Canadian Poetry. In 2017, Barger’s poem “Smog Mother” was co-winner of The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize. He is currently an editor for Painted Bride Quartlery. He lives in Philadelphia and Halifax.