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diary of a kingfisher



flooding on the atchafalaya river banks. 

sasparilla, wild wisteria;  

rangoon’s creeper & devil’s trumpet.

half-submerged cypresses 


puncture the surface of the new bayou.

who’s to say where a new bayou comes from 

where it goes


probably some old voodoo 

back again. saint-saens wrote a new swan.

who’s to say where- - - 


sunflash like a knife

the new bayou a slate-grey sheet

made suddenly transparent


silverfish. fruit of the delta

swirl & eddy; sublime mandala

of the gathering storm






fading to their depths.


kingfisher clutches a low-hanging branch.

cattails are a sun-kissed hunter’s blind

but the needle-nose bayonet is sheathed. 




kingfisher’s head is heavy.

gravity is insurmountable;

flight, impossible.

too hungry to hunt 

makes the gravity 

of tomorrow’s hunt even greater


to become absorbed

in the Sistine ceiling 

is trust that in looking,

in entering the painting-

God’s hand will become warm;

reach out for your’s.


have faith in this blue. 


tomorrow’s haikus hang,

opulent in the sapphire.

just pick them up like Atalanta’s gold apples

don’t slow down

kingfisher never knows

the taste of tomorrow’s fish




the glory of the kingfisher is absolute power submitting absolutely


to the humiliation of the sea.


hover in silence-

a flurry of silver scales 

renders him momentarily blind.


his heart wavers;

his eyes blaze to life again- 


silverfish gathering 

timid, like cirrus clouds.

he dives.


iridescent flume in motion.


plunging into the blue like shatter-glass.

a slick of oil coats his feathers

but the taste of the feast is on his tongue.


he darts toward a silver flash;

spears the central artery.

wet meat.


fish heart dripping in his jaws,

he whirls upward toward the sun.

satisfied again.






the blue is vast

& silken like melatonin

or the hudson river school


magnolia cups

bloom & collapse 

in waltz time


ballgowns that shudder

& whirl at the slightest

invocation of breeze


kingfisher’s heart becomes tall & pure

carved by a spinning blade of wind

as the Himalayas melt; patiently.


spire in the fume of sighs.




the bayou is a translcent scene,

backlit; given material weight

as the circling film reel is brought to life 

by the projection bulb.


let your consciousness amble 

through the scroll of the delta; 

like calligraphy, daytime 

apparates & fades


cypresses are an underpainting

of payne’s grey at dawn,

glazed in viridian by golden hour.


a swallow’s nest grows bright with charisma then hollow.


the bayou is a colorless form, draped

in so many moulting skins of light.


kingfisher acknowledges gently the sun diving 

through horizon after horizon.

pressing gently through the aether

toward no soteriological end


another day.

A+HRRA award summer 2023

The Summer 2023 Arts + Human Rights Research Award will be open to submissions this summer (approx. 14:51 UTC June 21 2023 - 06:50 UTC September 23rd 2023). The topic of the Summer 2023 A+HRRA is AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights. 


th_Eroses, an arts publication, is awarding $100 for a work of artistic / literary research that addresses or concerns human rights in conjunction with this season's topic, AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights. The term 'research' here is intended to indicate the process of creation, exploration, and discovery, rather than the compiling of archival facts and/or materials, although the compiling of archival facts and/or materials may be a part of the process of exploration and discovery, or a part of the process of shaping the path or direction of discovery. This is intended to be an open-ended premise, to support the range of work that may occur in artists' and writers' unique processes. 


From the UN: 


"What Are Human Rights? Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination."


Successful submissions may, but are not required to, focus on investigative, process-based exploration and material discovery. Successful submissions may couple rigorous (or subjective) analysis with documentation of investigative, process-based exploration and discovery. Submissions do not need to be factual; forms of literary fiction, subjective expression, abstraction, choreography, and/or non-narrative presentations will be considered as well. Submissions in all languages and media are welcomed. 


The goal of this award is to amplify artistic voices that inquisitively and critically approach the pressing issues of our time, to create a habitat where a unique form of creative journalism can thrive, and to provide th_Eroses readers with artistic / literary insights into key issues.


Please note: If your work is submitted and selected for the award, you consent to the publication of your submitted work by th_Eroses now and in the future. Not all submissions will win the award; there may be one submission chosen, or multiple submissions, or none of the submissions. Selected submissions will receive an email of acceptance and next steps. 


Please submit work to with "Entry: Arts + Human Rights Research Award" in the subject line.

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