A Very Short Story (Slam)

Mara met Ezekiel at a poetry slam. She didn’t understand a single thing he said, but she knew she wanted his crazy arms around her.

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A Very Short Story (Phones)

We pushed all the chairs together at one end of the floor and stacked the phones on a desk. We hoped someone would want them.

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A Very Short Story (Chanting)

“I’m sorry, I really can’t listen to what you’re saying right now. All I know is, what we did was bad karma and I’ve got a lot of chanting to do.”

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A Very Short Story (Undress)

She was shy to undress in front of the full moon.

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Every Chicken, Cow, Fish, and Frog: Animal rights haiku anthology

Hi, everyone,

I’d like to tell you about a new haiku anthology, all on the theme of animal rights. It’s called Every Chicken, Cow, Fish and Frog: Animal Rights Haiku, edited by Robert Epstein and Miriam Wald.

Here are the opening sentences of the description.

All life is precious; thus proclaimed Albert Schweitzer, the 20th century humanitarian. Yet, humans around the globe continue to daily mistreat and murder countless numbers of animals, fish, fowl and insects with reckless abandon. This must come to an end. Collectively, the contributors in this anthology, from Croatia to Indonesia, speak out poetically and passionately on behalf of ending nonhuman suffering.

This collection contains dozens of haiku, including many from well-known and widely-published writers of haiku in English. I have two poems in it as well. I’m excited about this new book, both as a strongly-argued call for social change and as an insightful work of poetry. I encourage you to give it a try.

Charlie

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A Very Short Story (Knees)

She read a book. He studied her bare knees.

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A Very Short Story (Underestimate)

“And the next thing you know, you’re just looking into their eyes. Cows are very easy to underestimate, Mr. Wilcox.”

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A Very Short Story (WILL)

WINNING A LOCKER SLAMMING CONTEST IS A MATTER OF WILL.

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A Very Short Story (Friends)

Michael saw his old college friends often. Amber, for one, worked in a nearby building and bought a latte from him every morning.

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A Very Short Story (Moors)

Emily looked out the window and imagined the moors were brimming with men in shirts and boots searching for a girl like her.

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