A thin, cold, sardonic man, Pop-pop expressed more emotion over Diego's death than any of us had seen from him in a lifetime.
In my life as an environmental educator, I have been bitten by all the species mentioned above, as well as by a barred owl and a vulture (though in both cases I was wearing a leather glove).
It is my hope that having a story in the Last Drink Bird Head anthology will inaugurate a new era of forgiveness and understanding between my kin and class Aves.
The original idea for this anthology came from a mildly disturbing piece of surrealist art done by a friend of the editor, Jeff VanderMeer. Jeff wrote the first Last Drink Bird Head story, then decided that more Last Drink Bird Head stories must be written. The assignment, which I received by email from Jeff, a teacher of mine at Clarion, was to write a story about Last Drink Bird Head in under 500 words.
You know. Last Drink Bird Head.
There are a number of reasons why this anthology rocks. Here are a few:
- Writers I love, like Matthew Cheney, Jeffrey Ford, Ellen Kushner, Caleb Wilson, Desirina Boskovich, Kari O'Connor, and Ramsey Shehadeh are represented here.
- The design is by John Coulthart, whose blog, feuilleton, is one of my favorites.
- The proceeds go to ProLiteracy.
- The world needs more surrealism.