Synkroniciti is excited to welcome back poet Scott Ferry, who won our Summer “Empowered” Poetry contest. All three of his poems, unassumingly titled 4/19 (2), 5/7 and 4/27 are absolute masterpieces in which complex feelings and thoughts are artfully delivered with childlike simplicity, making the everyday miraculous. He tells us of his innermost feelings as he watches his children: his ten-year-old daughter smudge-blessing the house, his two-year-old son creating “musical soundwords” to respond to his wife as she reads him a story, the affection and kindness between his son and daughter, and, in the winning poem, his daughter drawing a self-portrait. The wish that she always be herself and not seek to erase any part of herself to fit someone else’s vision is very near the heart of “Empowered.” This is the essence of fatherhood, or at least what fatherhood should be, and shows that nurturing, squishy love is not exclusive to maternity. If you can read it without feeling a moistness in the corner of your eye, a lump in your throat, or even an ache in your gut, you need to check your pulse.
Scott Ferry helps our Veterans heal as a RN in the Seattle area. In former lives, he taught high school and practiced acupuncture. If he doesn’t write, his muse will torment him by whistling commercial themes in his head (mostly car dealerships and furniture outlets).
He has been published widely, but some of his favorites are MacQueen’s Quinterly, Meat for Tea, NYQ, Panoply, Anti-Heroin Chic, SoFloPoJo, Banyan, Gyroscope, and Gleam. He has seven books of poetry, the most recent being The Long Blade of Days Ahead from Impspired Press.
More of his work can be found at ferrypoetry.com.
Here’s a taste of Scott’s poetry from our “Present issue.” This is “Black Friday” and the form is a new one called the cadralor. If you’d like to read more from this issue, “Present” is available here. Look for Nino Khundadze’s “Dandelion” on the cover.