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  • Bird Fever: Seventeen Syllables at a Time Excerpts from the Imaginary Web Site
  • Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis (bio) and Caleb Adler (bio)

Bird Fever: Seventeen Syllables at a Time Excerpts from the Imaginary Web Site

Waking with Emu. Your face the first thing I see. My fine, feathered friend.

Ditched for an emu again. They lied, size matters: no pelican he.

Roc of ages: warmed, basking in your emu love; your feathers shelter me.

Common passion flames, dies, renews. No emu you, rather a phoenix—

Your name is legion. Enter into me, emu pluribus unum.

Whitman sang of that procreant urge, Strange Bird, your body’s electric.

Flight of the fluid and swallowing soul, O Emu! My Emu! [End Page 147]

Silence me with your beak. You bring the little death, destroyer of words.

Famous clairvoyante, give me the emu card, and your one-eyed merchant

All the chicks just swoon, singing Doctor Emu, you’vea face that saves lives.——

Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis

Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis won the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. Her poetry collection, Intaglio, is available from Kent State University Press. She and Caleb Adler have a chapbook, Emuseum, forthcoming from Dancing Girl P. “Bird Fever” is from that collection.

Caleb Adler

Caleb Adler is an associate professor of clinical psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati. His work has appeared in Synapse, CNS Spectrums, Neuropsychopharmacology, American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and Spork.



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