The Nuthatch by Anthony Purdy

Poem title: The Nuthatch Poet: Anthony Purdy Poem: The tansy blooms and shakes me to the core, twists my blood and shakes me loose of this tangled dream, free to fall through sleep’s dark fistula out into the golden glow of now where between trunk and leaf, the ruddy nuthatch frames cockeyed queries from the branches of the apple tree in fruit. End of poem. Credits and bio: Copyright © Anthony Purdy Anthony Purdy lives on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, where he writes poems and short fiction. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Antigonish Review, CV2, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, FreeFall, Fresh Voices, The Goose, Grain, Poem in Your Pocket, Poetry Pause, Prairie Fire, and Queen’s Quarterly. His poem “Mariupol” won the 2022 Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia Postcard Poem Contest. His story “Spoons” placed second in the 2022 Short Grain (Fiction) Contest. He recently completed a PK Page mentorship, funded by the League of Canadian Poets, with Margo Wheaton.