The Bridge

From: The Book of Festus


His Splendiferous Bicycle – Diorama of Spangled Bike, at Harbour – Eric the Red Cat – House of the Deaf Man – The Feast – Dream Map – The Kissing Bridge (Dismantled, 1861) – Sees the Deaf Man, – Smiths’ Fields – The Junk Room – Patronymics of His Bike (The Flying Haligonian) – Adios, Deaf Man – Showdown with a Bone Ghost at The Nothing’s O.K. Corral – Sallying Forth – The Covered Way



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.