The Long Blade of Days Ahead by Scott Ferry
Scott Ferry’s collection, The Long Blade of Days Ahead takes us on a sublime journey of all the cycles of life—birth, growth, death, and spirit. He uses all the careful tools of metaphor to pack and unpack both the detritus and the joy-altering small moments that inform our hungers and passion. The speaker has lived hard, these poems have an endurance and authenticity that speaks volumes to the human condition. Here is an observant and tender voice rendering a fierce love of the things he holds dear. Ferry’s incantations are prayerful, but not afraid to notice every side of an issue, to look inside a diaper or a death. The language in these poems is supple, a hymn, an anthem, a lyrical punk opera. There are places of deep prayer and revelry, as a reader, I felt myself go deeper into my own psyche, come out forever altered by these stunning poems that reveal both the ache and splendor of living: “This is how/ a small love expands like/ a breath into every dark place.”
-Cynthia Atkins, author of Still-Life with God
In The Long Blade of Days Ahead, Scott Ferry establishes himself as a poet of rare depth, one who is unafraid to “remove the armor and the / words for armor.” It’s this willingness to be vulnerable which allows him to explore the familial and transcendental, discovering along the way, a bridge between the two, even as it calls religious faith into question. Through poems that range from the intimate to the surreal, he questions those who “bless the scythe / as it slices” and the places “where even / the lie // of heaven seems real.”
-Max Heinegg, author of Good Harbor, winner of the inaugural Paul Nemser Prize from Lily Poetry Press
Scott Ferry always thinks of poems. In this collection, he offers them as gifts of wonder and delight that will make you ponder, chuckle, and sigh. Somehow the derangement of, “51, 52, 54, 53” is the title of a perfect poem. Take apart the poet’s head; find “a traveler singing into a hole / inside the hole/ disastrous love” and so much more.
-Rena Priest, Washington State Poet Laureate (2021-2023).
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