Stories tagged animals


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"All you want to do all day is write your books. You don't care about anything else, you don't care about Jeffy, he needs exercise and proper food, look how thin he is!"

Jonesy's Rhino

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After Jonesy entered the bear habitat, he walked up to the biggest bear in the group and punched it square in the nose. The bear was visibly startled. I mean, bears don’t get punched that often. And there’s a reason: bears are ferocious animals.

Sacrifice on Maple Drive

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Sacrificial vic bleeds out . . .

Moose-Watching, Moose-Watched

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A privilege, being watched by moose: the fact of it warms me with a bright mammalian viscosity.

Birds of Prayer: 1/8 Snowflakes Like the Stars of David

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“Is that what six million looks like?” I wondered. I easily grasped the six part. I'd lived that many years. The Star of David had six points. So did each snow crystal.

Birds of Prayer: 2/8 The Chicken Killer From Brooklyn and his Satchel of Death

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His flat hat, a fur-trimmed streimel, lay on his head like a platter of dead minks, the man's Shirley Temple side-locks dangling like pigtails.

the best laugh i've had all day

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when down the street/ a female cat/ yowls with the force/ of a red light blazing/ in an alley.

Try Not to Die in Bayonne

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Dad says grandma is a cunt and it's probably true

At the Vet

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The vet sat with a young woman and old man on a bench in the waiting area. The vet talked like a machine-gun, giving post-surgical instructions for the care of a dog as the woman petted the back of her father who was trembling like…

Dog Tail

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sudden onset happiness

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people talk about depression/ as a great black hound/ bounding upon them,/ teeth set/ for the heart.

a parable

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jaws blossoming with drool,/ a captured wolf slinks low/ across the crowded land/ for that most tender lamb/ to catch it by surprise.

Beasts of the Talent Show

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Finally my daughter emerges from behind the silver curtain, riding piggy-back on a gigantic proboscis monkey. She's preoccupied by his nose, and wrings it like a wet dishrag with both hands. If it hurts he's not showing it.

African Painted Dogs eat a child in my hometown

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A four year old boy is eaten / by the African Painted Dogs in my hometown zoo / after falling into the enclosure. His mother lifted him / on the fence to see the creatures.


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today on the bus/ a man in his fifties/ smiled at a baby/