Ed Higgins

Ed Higgins

Ed Higgins’ poems and short fiction have appeared in numerous print and online journals including: Monkeybicycle, Pindeldyboz, Otoliths, Word Riot, Haibun Today and Blue Print Review, among others.

He is a Professor emeritus of creative writing and literature at George Fox University, south of Portland, Oregon—where he is currently Writer-in-Residence.

Ed and his wife lives on a small farm in Yamhill, Oregon raising an assorted menagerie of critters great and small.

 
Icarus

nearing the sun, feather and wax
contrail streak
fa
ll
in
g

A slow dying wisdom
me
lt
in
g

he
splashing
into
the
tossing
blue-green
Mediterranean Sea.

 
Thessaloniki Summer Visit

What
I learned
one summer
in the North East
Thessaloniki heat was

the blue, brown eyes
& spicy mezé thighs
of their young women
were of equivalent heat.

And oh their sighs–
their nubile starlit
sighs–those are sung
to a laiko &
rebetiko beat.

Feeling hotly
Thessalonikian still
I could ride again
that humid-hot
Aegean mise-en-scene

smooth as a heat wave’s
softly rising thought.

 
Dido

Where does it go
when the heart flees

falls into regret’s
turbulent sea?

What holds the ribs’
shape steady

around such emptiness?

What resists
the pounding dive

into darker
waves still?

 
All poems on this post: © Ed Higgins
Published with the permission of Ed Higgins