The butcher spends his life in blood and guts, the professor in his books.
When their cities flood, fire ants band together and make a floating island
from the bodies of the dead. I am stepping from the mountain top
into chest-sinking freedom. I know some of you are saying, really?
in disbelief. Should be snuffed out for good! as I slide on shoes of light
and stroll through the blazing kingdom with hands behind my back.
DOUGLAS COLE writes, teaches and lives in Seattle, Washington. He has published six poetry collections, as well as a novella. His work has been anthologized in Best New Writing (Hopewell Publications), Bully Anthology (Kentucky Stories Press) and Coming Off The Line (Main Street Rag Publishing). His work also appears or is forthcoming in journals such as The Chicago Quarterly Review, Eastern Iowa Review, Off the Coast, Owen Wister Review, The Galway Review, Slipstream, Red Rock Review, Wisconsin Review, Two Thirds North, San Pedro River Review, Badlands, Common Ground Review, The Ocean State Review, The Raven Chronicles, Solstice, and Midwest Quarterly. He has been nominated for a Pushcart in both poetry and fiction and for a Best of the Net Award. He received the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry; the Best of Poetry Award from Clapboard House; as well as First Prize in the “Picture Worth 500 Words” from Tattoo Highway.
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