Marianne Shaneen

The Peekaboo Theory

what's the difference between a bird and a letter. migrating
birds appearing as dots on airplane radar screens used to be
a mystery and the dots were referred to as "angels"

in Greek: messenger

between a bird and a person. phylogenetically, the basal
ganglia system deep within the brain is ancient and serves
as the predominant motor system for birds and in humans is
believed to be involved in automatic movements of eating,
posture, walking, swinging arms (I initially mistyped
'winging arms')

cardinal at my window, incessantly bangs into glass, hovers
in fluttering suspension, back to tree till next propulsion
into pane, seemingly oblivious to the pain he must be
causing for the sake of this engagement with himself that he
appears to believe he's having with another bird