we make the forests
but they suck

woodpeckers do not suck
woodpeckers have no forests

there is no TV for woodpeckers
they know the forests suck

the woodpeckers are darling
they do not suck

there is no TV for woodpeckers
we avoid the forests

during firelight
and with little darlings

but they still suck
the woodpeckers do not suck

at least
they do not suck as much


Author’s Bio

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, and the author of 19 books of poetry and fiction as well as books for kids. Among his most recent books are the short fiction collection, I, Dr Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457, The Wild and Unfathomable Always, and Sonosyntactics: Selected and New Poetry of Paul Dutton; Yiddish for Pirates, a novel, is coming out in April 2016. He was 2014-2015 Writer-in-Residence at Western University and has taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario and at