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Joseph Ferguson

Joe Ferguson

Rain on the Lake

by Joseph Ferguson


The rainy wall of strident silence

popping craters in the flat lake,

steams the world sepia,

sizzling yellow trees

to a crackling corona

about the black hole pool.




The Hawk


All wings and silence,

The hawk dropped

Onto thin air,

Adjusted her flight

An inch to the left,

Then sailed

Between two trees,

With nothing to spare.




Goose Woman*


Backpack brimming cheap


Engulfed by hungry fowl


She coddles like babies.

“Don’t worry,”

Her voice soft down,

“It’s just a noise.”

Behind her

A great dam

Built before the divorce

Of beauty and function,

Looms like

Aztec stone, and.


The churning

Gray nebul

Of autumn skies.


* “Goose Woman” previously published in The Write Room (2010).




Joe FergusonJoseph Ferguson is an author, poet, and journalist appearing in a variety of small press, regional and national publications. He wrote propaganda for a living for a variety of entities for some 25 years. He is a former editor and critic for Hudson Valley, ran the Fiction Workshop for the Poughkeepsie Library District, and regularly reviews books and videos for Climbing, The American Book Review, Kirkus Indie, and a number of other publications.

He also sells rock climbing t-shirts through his website: http://www.bumluckhome.com/


The Writing Disorder is a quarterly literary journal. We publish exceptional new works of fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art. We also feature interviews with writers and artists, as well as reviews.



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