Festus Shortlisted for JM Abraham Poetry Award

Festus Shortlisted for JM Abraham Poetry Award

Congratulations to John Wall Barger! The Book of Festus has been shortlisted for the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award through the East Coast Literary Awards. 

Festus wakes inside a myth—on a wharf in Halifax, Nova Scotia — and recalls nothing but a bicycle. As he looks for it, he thinks the city’s thoughts. Upon a sidewalk over a buried river, he remembers what the city remembers. He steps past a skateboard park to a Mi’kmaq lagoon. He follows 17th century pioneer cattle to a fast food restaurant. In these poems, every object has a voice; every thing is awake. A girl he once knew steps out of the fragments. Festus is an anagogic man, loser-hero of the first city, Ur, Halifax.

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