Mike O'Shaughnessy 's THREE POEMS

First. “Boiled Eggs”

we boiled eggs in the inflatable pool
and fried bacon on the patio.
they say global warming is a myth
but in my neighborhood
every bird's a phoenix
and every tabby's
burning bright.

Second. “Monkey's Nephew”
Don't be ashamed of the origin of your species
(Adam and Eve ate ants off a stick)

Even though Moses threw his own feces
God still decided to give him those bricks

Final. “Tapes Playing to Teach Bird to Talk”
At my father’s b’day, we had
moonshine my grandfather
had buried in the ground 15
yrs ago. I am not
lahying, y’all.

Michael O'Shaughnessy co-edited a literary zine in the '90s called Report to Hell. From 2007-2010, he and his wife wrote a gonzo cooking column called "In the Sellwood Kitchen" for a neighborhood newspaper in Portland, Oregon. He runs a semi-fictional net label called Sleeping Brothers Records, releasing lo- to mid-fi albums recorded over the last thirty years by a small circle of friends. You can find him on Twitter at @mroshaugh.