The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: S.B. Ferguson’s “River Rise”

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River Rise

Life is very surprising,
isn’t it?

A slippery fish,
brutally finned.

The dead are kind.
Strange, how far
they’ll come
to tell you what
you are.
The river boils
in my bones.

This blue field:
something handed down.

I know the way.
I know the water
will bear me
away and back, loving
what is.

This selection comes from S.B. Ferguson’s chapbook River Rise, available now from Yellow Flag Press. Purchase your copy here!

S.B. Ferguson is a Ph.D. Fellow in Poetry at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. “River Rise” is her first chapbook.

Leslie LaChance edits Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration, has curated The Wardrobe for Sundress Publications and written poetry reviews for Stirring: A Literary Collection. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, and her chapbook, How She Got That Way, was published in the quartet volume Mend & Hone by Toadlily Press in 2013. She teaches literature and writing at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee, and if she is not teaching, writing, or editing, she has probably just gone to make some more espresso.



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