Night Flight

J M McDermott


saw Montreal’s hair at night

a glowing angelfish trapped in a hook of light

cities: scattered deep-sea shapes

all tendrils wrapped in foggy tissue

pulsing firefly glow of cars


flew farther, above Saint-Jean, Drummondville,


deeper into the black after Sept-Iles

the ocean opened

her midnight maw;


                 deep below

leviathans hunt flesh

those beasts as big as cities

swallowing all the creatures

of luminescent blood


J M McDermott's first novel, Last Dragon, was published by Wizards of the Coast Discoveries in 2008.  He graduated from the University of Houston in 2002 with a BA in Creative Writing and resides in Arlington, Texas with an assortment of empty coffee cups, overflowing bookshelves, and crazy schemes.  He maintains a blog at