The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

In search of ghosts

Bradley J Nordell
Scribe
Published in
9 min readMar 9, 2024

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My ankle was already beginning to swell as I hobbled through the viridescent Sapsucker Forest of upstate New York. Just a moment ago, I thought I had spotted the rarest woodpecker in the world, and in doing so, turned sharply, my foot lodged in a hole, as I felt the tendons pull like rubber bands. As the pain rose from my ankle to my mind, I clenched my teeth as if an invisible…

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Bradley J Nordell
Scribe

Author, poet, quantum physicist, photographer, explorer of the mind and imaginary worlds. New book "The Second Sky" is available now!