Birdwolf is a new year-long project authored by the collective Entropy community. It is a collaborative online epic poem written by the Entropy community on a weekly basis. A different author will write the next stanza or section of the poem each week, to be posted every Tuesday, following the previous post from the previous week, and following a very limited set of guidelines (that each author has one week to write the next piece after the previous week’s installment goes up, that the installment should build from the previous section’s content and form, and that contributions should range between 8 and 24 lines or be a visual work).
Follow the entire epic poem here: Birdwolf.
The thirty-seventh installment is presented this week by Andrea Quinlan.
If I have deceived you, I am not sorry.
Would you have me be birdwolf
All the time?
They come out
Only in the right conditions
at the same time – birdwolf is always inside
In the moonlight – only slightly terrifying
More lost in dreams
You can sometimes spot them
in daylight hours too
If you know what you are looking for
Red lipstick, silver eyeshadow
and midnight blue ruffles
Flicks, a vintage coat, fishnets, patterned scarf
tied loosely, converse hightops
Hiding in plain sight
A held scream
An explosion about to happen
Andrea Quinlan is a writer and performer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her chapbooks are We Speak Girl (Dancing Girl Press), The Mysteries of Laura (Birds of Lace) and I Wear My Heart On My Sleeve (Dancing Girl Press). She also interviews artists for her blog Cyber Fairytales and sometimes podcasts.