The Cow

From: The Book of Festus


Festus, Hansel & Grendel – Were There Testimonials? – Map Song N° 3 – The Egg Pond – Park Lane Approacheth – Humungous Bos Taurus! – Bullfight – Showdown with Park Lane the Crayfish – Ceremony—Diving into a Good Movie – Festus, The Movie – What Manner of Film Was This? – What Lay at the Poem’s Feet – Matronymics of the Girl – Showdown – Where You Been? Asks the River



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.