SSR #8 of 15: Correct Animal

15 Jul

Octopus Books deserves a lot of love. They publish great works. Have you read Rebecca Farivar‘s Correct Animal?

Because I’m feeling saucy I will also give you an excerpt today:

On Finding a Bird Skull

If she wants

To say bird

not finch

not starling

not snipe

let her

They all have

rough tongues

hollow bones


made mostly

of eye

Don’t underestimate these words – they are tiny, unthreatening poems dusted across the pages, you will look at them and think, ‘oh, this is something I can handle’ but read them, pick yourself up from the floor and re-read them, these small words pack a heavy punch and have a broad wingspan, they take off and pay you no mind.

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