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-eighth installment is presented this week by Teresa Carmody.
Birdwolf visited me in a dream.
What do you most fear, she said.
Her twittering voice sounded strange
coming from such a large mouth.
Spiders and death, I replied without hesitation.
Wrong! she said. Guess again.
I didn’t guess the first time, I said.
Wrong! she said. Try harder.
That sounded reasonable, as I had to admit
I hadn’t tried very hard, but simply
spoke the first three words that
came to mind.
In my dream, I began walking toward
a loveseat by the window
so I could sit and try harder.
Birdwolf began to laugh.
Please, Birdwolf, I said, turning back.
Tell me the joke.
Teresa Carmody is the author of Maison Femme: a fiction (Bon Aire Projects, 2015) and Requiem (Les Figues, 2005), along with several chapbooks. She is the co-founding editor of Les Figues Press, and co-editor of the anthologies I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women (2012) and TrenchArt Monographs: hurry up please its time (2015). She is a PhD candidate in English/Creating Writing at the University of Denver.