He hails a taxi,
shakes his SKS
at the sun
and whistles
through the
bullet holes
in his beak.


ALAN MAY’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Orleans Review, Double Room, Willow Springs, E-ratio, Spell, string of small machines, BlazeVOX, DIAGRAM and others. He holds an MFA in creative writing and an MLIS from the University of Alabama. He worked as a librarian for the University of Montevallo, Alabama's public liberal arts university, and for the University of Alabama. He was editor of the online journal Apocryphal Text from 2005 to 2011.  He currently lives in Knoxville, TN where he will soon be teaching adjunct in the Information Science Program at the University of Tennessee. His book Dead Letters, a collaboration with the artist Tom Wegrzynowski, was published in 2008.

4 responses to “Biography of the Crow”

  1. DB Cox says:

    The whole world seems to be armed with the 7.62 x 39mm SKS or AK-47… including crows I suppose… read your interview with Jake Berry… very interesting. I like this style of poetry, even though I don’t always get it. I like the way the words bump up against one another.

    Like Don Van Vliet, A.K.A. Captain Beefheart, used to say: “Brickbats fly my fireplace”

  2. Jake Berry says:

    Another fine poem Alan. Razor sharp and the bitter truth. You write poems that you see and then they see you. Bravo!

  3. Jeff Weddle says:

    Damned fine, Alan!

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