Author: David Oestreich

David Oestreich lives in Northwestern Ohio with his wife and three children. His poetry has been published in such online and print venues as Ruminate, Foundling Review, Rock and Sling, Tar River Poetry, and Red Wheelbarrow. Cosmophagy, a collection of his poems, is now available for purchase.

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Type in the following characters or identify below each photograph containing one or more egrets. (FTWA: the egret is a member of the heron family, usually buff or white, developing fine plumes during breeding season. I should add they are a most majestic bird. In fact, this poem is about egrets, but you won’t be […]


A poem by David Oestreich.

A Reader

Take her, for instance, as she sits, her legs folded beneath her on the couch’s worn brown corduroy, presently transfixed by the window’s rainy striations and fingering absently the olive weave cover of the book on her lap, its pages splayed like a gaping mouth—can she realize she is its aspiration? See her lift her […]

Hearing Bly Read

His words bubbled from the speakers as he bantered with the host, his voice coffee-warm with a Norwegian froth; he began reading in a tone one might use when granting deepest confidence— interrupting himself, making mid-poem commentary, repeating favorite stanzas—   and I knew again that I was fatherless, and I felt like a blind […]