chris bullard

Group Portrait by Chris Bullard

sun shut
Group Portrait
In a mixed bouquet
some die first.
The most distinctive
petals slump
before the standards.
The attention
demanding,  astounding
sunflower shuts
its questing eye. Next
the trash takes
a pale tuberose, wadded
like discarded paper.
Bright amiable mums
carnations —
perennial survivors
frame  a missing
central focus
as an end game
in nostalgia.
is the beauty
of how
they stood together.
A native of Florida, Chris Bullard lives in Philadelphia. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.F.A. from Wilkes University. Grey Book Press published Continued, a poetry chapbook, in 2020 and Moonstone Press recently published Going Peaceably to the Obsidian Knife, his chapbook of environmentally themed poetry. Main Street Rag expects to publish his poetry chapbook, Florida Man, early next year.

2021 Featured Poets Reading at Moonstone


Sunday February 20, 2022 – 2pm

Readings from the 2021 Featured Poets Anthology
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2021 was Moonstone Art Center’s busiest year ever, with 130 program both live and virtual. Of the almost 300 poets featured in these program, 88 have poems in this anthology. Join us as some of the poets read.