Robert FerrierThe July 14 Second Sunday Poetry Reading at the Norman Depot, 200 S, Jones, will feature well known Norman writer Robert Ferrier. The free reading begins at 2:00 pm. Light refreshements will be served. All are welcome.

Ferrier, a Hugo native, is the author of four published novels available at SynergEbooks.com, Amazon.com and other E-Book publishers. His poetry has appeared in Oklahoma Today, Möbius, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Blood and Thunder, Broomweed Journal, Crosstimbers, Westwiew, The Exhibitionist and Metro Library Magazine.

His books, Rhythms and Ambient Light, each won the OWFI award for Best Published Book of Poetry. Ferrier was a 2007 nominee for Poet Laureate of Oklahoma.

Enjoy an exhibit of paintings in the Depot Gallery by Tulsa artist Dian Church while attending the poetry reading.

Texas Ice Houses

Part town hall, part tavern
they sell block ice but mostly beer
bread, bologna and milk
cigarettes and soda water.

Their calling card a million bottlecaps
gleaming like ice chips on concrete
crushed by pickups outside a tin shed
cobbled from salvaged ceiling panels.

These places shimmer like mirages,
rising specters from San Antonio roads,
splotched roofs banged together
like top hats on skeletons of two-by-fours
          and sawed-off telephone poles.

Dominoes click in cool dark,
juke box and hot chicken wings,
then couples dance under porcelain signs:
Nehi, Lone Star, Pearl, Lucky Strike.

One old cowhand, his face a weathered map
says This ain’t no Stop & Go
find a post and hitch,
this is a stop and stay.
                                                Robert Ferrier