30 Birds: “Parable #2 (A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words) — Red Herrings” by Jun. 27

I’ve never been to this art museum before. I’m not so much art museum-savvy as I’d like to say galleries are more my thing, but unfortunately, no,…


30 Birds: “A Love Poem” by John Robert Barnes

(click to enlarge) *** For all installments from 30 Birds, click here. Previous installments: "Velvet" by the Bloody Eyes "Subtle" by Yukio…


30 Birds: “A Decorated Soldier” by John Robert Barnes

Nobody should ever see their mother cry. Never see your mother cry. It was in England. You’re 15. In retrospect, it feels like I was younger. You…


30 Birds: “Amusical” by Jun. 27

Act I (An all American living room: “den.” Carpets and a yellow couch, a lamp, and a TV. Three siblings: Abigail, the oldest, mid-20’s, thin, pretty,…


30 Birds: “Magnanimous Magpies” by the Bloody Eyes

Chapter 1: [ecosystem] Rats ash roaches with birds and cats and dogs in heats of the jungle. Cheetah print's a pattern as common as camouflage, and…


30 Birds: “Velvet (Cont’d.)” by the Bloody Eyes

“Waiter,” called Walter at the hustling server, a table away already. Walter drank a little wine. The waiter broke stride and doubled back. Not a lot…


30 Birds: “And a Phanta?smagoria” by John Robert Barnes

Two tickets. Two tickets got bought---through Craigslist, I think, on the day of or before---for the festival---from a seedy stranger, no really,…


30 Birds: “Church and God” by John Robert Barnes

A Manifesto Busy fingering my paper takeaway coffee cup; locked out of my apartment, I wrote this on my phone. Disenfranchisement’s at an all time…


30 Birds: “Maraschino” by John Robert Barnes

We'd met on a camping trip. All was built on tension: sex tension. In the woods, in our tents, our two scout groups shared a campsite. The location…


30 Birds: “Gutwrenching (Sadism in Palindrome)” by the Bloody Eyes

I. I read once about a Peaches the parrot, adopted in North Carolina, that, unbeknownst to her foster family upon purchase, couldn't stop reenacting…