Trying a new form..


Convinced by a book that the world was ending, expecting any day
to be blasted to bits by a hurtling meteorite- she never thought
of surviving- the girl stopped cleaning the cage that the little bird lived in
so that the white-and-green guano built up high towers. She filled
the food and water once, at the start of the story, but the pressure built
along with plot and by the time the great stone landed she was
slashed by daily whippings that blighted her buttocks and went
unnoticed by the world, covered as they were by coarse shorts.
After the first shock of impact, when the paycheck cleared, the sores
healed, and groceries were bought, the sky fell, then blanked. She saw
at once that the drinking trough was dry and lined with cuttlefish bone
dust shaved from the beak grinder. The dish was full of seed-husks,
and those beautiful green feathers she hung her little flying dreams on,
were still on the floor and fetid with muck.


About Bethany W Pope

Bethany W Pope is an award winning author of the LBA, and a finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom Awards. Her work was listed for the Cinnamon Press Novel Competition. She received her PhD from Aberystwyth University’s Creative Writing program. Her first poetry collection, A Radiance was published by Cultured Llama Press in June. Her second collection, Persephone in the Underworld has been accepted by Rufus Books and shall be released in 2016. Her work has appeared in: Anon, Art Times, Ampersand, Blue Tattoo, Sentinel Quarterly, The Delinquent, De/Tached (an anthology released by Parthian), The Writer’s Hub, New Welsh Review, Every Day Poems, And Other Poems, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Magma, Words & Music, The Quarterly Conversation, Tears in the Fence, Ink, Sweat and Tears and Planet. Her work is due to appear in the next issues of Poetry Review Salzburg, Acumen, Pacific Poetry , Music& Literature, Anon, and The Screech Owl.

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