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-third installment is presented this week by Becca Klaver.
Birdwolf went back to the bar
where she returned every Tuesday
—her true migration pattern
though she lied and told stories
of the southern hemisphere.
Every week they called for tales
and she felt their quarters slide
into the slot in her chest where
her heart should have been.
When you live a lie this long
it starts to feel like wearing
slippers on the sidewalk:
but if your gait has a certain
moxie you can convince them
you’re a real vanguardista.
From across the bar Birdwolf saw
the man with the sack of quarters.
She slid out of her booth
and in one smooth move
rushed toward the latrine
where she used her beak
to scratch her song into the wall
of the stickered and Sharpied stall:
Becca Klaver is the author of the poetry collections LA Liminal (Kore Press, 2010) and Empire Wasted (Bloof Books, forthcoming 2016). She attended the University of Southern California (BA), Columbia College Chicago (MFA), and Rutgers University (PhD), where she now teaches. A founding editor of the feminist press Switchback Books and co-editor of the ebook anthology Electric Gurlesque, she will be the Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University in Spring 2017. Her latest NYC-based event series, Tiny Talks, is now accepting submissions.