“The Writer” by Eric Robert Nolan

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“The Writer”

At night he dreamt of birds, thou­sands of them,
impris­oned in his house.

Ravens screamed in the attic.
Spar­rows pan­icked in the hall.
He sat at his desk. A Jay pecked
Fran­ti­cally at his shirt sleeve.

The base­ment door revealed
Tor­rents of finches, erupt­ing in the dark
A loud gray storm
Of beaks and tiny claws.

Seag­ulls suf­fered in the cup­boards.
Para­keets in the rafters, trapped,
Raged in Etruscan.

He crossed the room.
Moaned under the floorboards.

Twelve red car­di­nals
Lined his kitchen shelves –
A dis­cor­dant jury.

Pea­cocks plead in the oven.
In a jar of sugar
Tit­mice strug­gled for air.

At his desk were
Pho­tographs, let­ters
Pens and a half dead Marten.

He reached for his old brown afghan but felt
Bone and feather
The heav­ing brown breast
Of a starv­ing eagle.

Some­times the scratch
Of pen against paper brought
Respite from birdsong:

Two less wings against the silence
One less voice in that
Trou­bled aviary.

A par­rot perched
On his paper stacks.
“Remorse,” it offered fee­bly.
“Regret,” he answered back.

Eric Robert Nolan’s debut novel is the postapocalyptic science fiction story, “The Dogs Don’t Bark In Brooklyn Any More.” It was published by Dagda Publishing on November 19th, 2013, and is available at Amazon.com both in paperback and for Kindle. Eric’s poetry, short stories and photography have been featured by publications throughout the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia and India. These include Quail Bell Magazine, Dagda Publishing, Every Day Poets, Every Day Fiction, Illumen, Down in the Dirt, Under The Bed, The Piker Press, Dead Beats Literary Blog, Microfiction Monday Magazine, Dead Snakes, UFO Gigolo, Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine, The Bright Light Cafe, Aphelion, Tales of the Zombie War, Haikuniverse, The Bees Are Dead, Poems-for-All, Poetry Pacific, Poetrypoeticspleasure Ezine, The International War Veterans’ Poetry Archive, and Winedrunk Sidewalk: Shipwrecked in Trumpland. His poems and short stories were also included in six anthologies: Dagda Publishing’s “Threads” in 2013; Dagda Publishing’s “All Hail the New Flesh” in 2014; Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine’s 2016 Anthology, 2017 Anthology and 2018 Anthology; and Down in the Dirt’s “The Flickering Light” in 2019. Eric’s science fiction/horror story, “At the End of the World, My Daughter Wept Metal,” was nominated for the Sundress Publications 2018 Best of the Net Anthology. Eric also currently enjoys partnering with Philippe Atherton-Blenkiron and Dennis Villelmi on The Bees Are Dead, a transatlantic webzine devoted to dystopian and post-apocalyptic prose, poetry, art and photography.

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