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CHICKEN STORM by Jeremy Radin

Musta been like a thousand chickens come flyin’ up from the other side’a 

that hill. I spent my whole life knowin’ them chickens couldn’t fly & then 

here they come, a sunrise’a crazy brown feathers, up from the other side’a 

that hill. Ain’t no explanation for it, I know that. My wife, well, she stood 

next t’me, squeezed my hand & said oh kinda soft, as the chickens p’kew-

wwwed into the clouds. They disappeared in them clouds. Then the next 

thing, there’s eggs everywhere, fallin’ from the sky. & each time them 

eggs hit the ground & burst like watermelons, there’d be more chickens. 

Tiny chickens – but not chicks, y’see,  grown-up adult chickens, but ti-

ny like yer fist or yer knee or a cup’a coffee, that’d go zoomin’ up after 

them original chickens & droppin’ eggs’a their own & then tinier chick-

ens came from them eggs & so on & so forth til there’s chickens the 

size’a houseflies & dust mites & most likely chickens ya can’t even see 

& we’re standin’ baffled in a hurricane’a chickens or dust cloud’a chick-

ens or like a flashflood’a chickens. & in the barn the horses are screamin’ 

like they got necks full’a devils. Just stampin’ their hooves & screamin’, 

like maybe scared out their damn minds. Or maybe like us.  Me & this

woman, my wife, whose ticker’s a good onion, who’s pressin’ her lips 

t’my lips in the middle’a this chicken storm like maybe we always been 

this young.

from his upcoming book Slow Dance With Sasquatch. It’s pretty awesome.

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    Anis Mojgani is the raddest ever for posting this poem from my book on his blog. Thank you, Anis!!! Anis’ new book,...
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    This is a totally incredible poem. It’s moments like reading this that remind me how magical literature can be.
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    This is wonderful :)
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    Very excited for this book
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