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Post Apocalyptic Epic Poetry at Auntie's Bookstore
"Cathartes Aura and the Apocalypse Zoo", available as an ebook, to be read by the author at community open reading at Auntie's Bookstore, 402 West Main, Spokane, WA.
The narrator, a captive turkey vulture, observes that “No one came to work./ The gates were not unchained. No tourists tapped/ At the glass, grackled, squawked, mimicked the birds./ And we were never fed.” Tension grows amongst the four trapped birds. The zoo falls under animal control as some break out and hunt the others. More than just a gloomy disaster story, this is a tale about character in the face of challenge, the joy of freedom, how animals are much like us, and how we can be like animals.
“I’m not predicting the end of the world,” says Eighty Six, author of the poem, “Rather asking the reader: ‘What would you do if the world as we know it ends?’ Some will build, some will destroy, some will come together, and some will fall apart.” The poem consists of 10 syllable lines, 10 line stanzas, 10 stanza chapters, and 10 chapters overall. It is available for sampling and sale at:
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About Eighty Six the Poet:
Eighty Six lives with his wife and son in Spokane, WA. He was educated in verse-writing, expository prose, short fiction, literature, drama, children’s fiction, photography, and humanities by Dominican College, San Rafael, CA. He has taught ESL abroad, written for a weekly paper, and worked throughout the restaurant business. He prefers a pen-name because he’d like to be rich but never famous.
Page Updated Last on: Apr 11, 2011