Purple Turbines

Mike Ferguson

First it is insects, then bats are eviscerated. Hearing they could be painted another colour, he was blown away. The transparency of air churned without censure or colour-coding. Ugly things in the beauty of function and relativity. Normally white yet not even for that hint of happiness. What becomes of the purple sandpiper? A blade of anisotropic eroticism in some whirls. A giraffe’s tongue deters sunburn and the flittermouse.

Mike Ferguson is an American permanently resident in the UK and widely published in online magazines. His most recent print collection is the sonnets chapbook Precarious Real [Maquette Press, 2016] and he edited with Rupert Loydell the music poems anthology Yesterday’s Music Today [Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2015]. A retired English teacher, he co-authored the education text Writing Workshops [Cambridge University Press, 2015].

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