William Cullen, Jr.

The Day a Nature Journal Lost Its Grant

A truck backfires
and flurries suddenly appear
as if some hunter had blasted
a snowy egret out of the sky—
a no-fly zone for beauty.

The author’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in *82 Review, Canary, Farming Magazine, New Verse News, The Drought Anthology, and Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics.