SIGNS OF THE FLOOD
Greenland’s ice shield, cratered by heat, fractures into glacial shards. Gaffed and finned, hammerheads skitter into the abyss—broken kites in a downdraft.
Leatherbacks and manatees, gorging on plastics, choke and bloat. Jellyfish froth on the beach like poisoned meringue. Blast fishing shocks reefs into spectral
rubble. Steelhead and pinks mass at the river mouth, passage blocked by grate and weir as, upstream, gravel beds clog with silt, sludging into wallows. Runoff
blooms toxins along blistered coasts. Carbonic acid corrodes brittle seastars. Snagged by ghost nets, right whales rupture on iron prows.
Dan MacIsaac’s poetry has appeared in a wide variety of literary magazines, including The South Carolina Review, Stand, The Malahat Review, and The American Journal of Poetry. Brick Books published his collection of poetry, Cries from the Ark. His poetry has received awards including the Foley Prize from America Magazine. Dan MacIsaac’s work has been short-listed for the Walrus Poetry Prize and the CBC Short Story Prize. His website is www.danmacisaac.com.