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Garden Wars

—Margaret, your garden is so original. Sylvia stood across the waist-high fence separating our back yards watching me twine honeysuckle vine around my son Roger’s old baby chair, the latest item in my display of found objects. I knew Sylvia had a dart to throw, and that she resisted only because Roger was nearby, reading […]

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Precise instructions for surviving a nuclear attack, as stapled to the back of a classroom door in a rural Wyoming high school circa 1955

In the event that the Soviet Aggressors of Europe and Asia should launch an attack on the United States of America the likelihood that a stray intercontinental ballistic missile will touch down on our school or its surrounding farmlands may be slim, but is nonetheless a prospect we should all fear and one for which […]

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Contributor’s bios

LOST POET Volume 65 • Issue 3 • January 2005 We’d like to thank all our contributors. Sorry we couldn’t pay for your great work but if any time you happen to be in the area you are all welcome in for a cup o’ tea, the wife makes lovely scones. – Edward Eddington (Editor) D.P. […]

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Here Comes the Flood

SCENE: Noah’s ark. Noah is seated at a rough wooden table, pouring over several charts. His wife Deidre is preparing their straw mattress, getting ready for bed. The soft roll of the ocean can be heard as night settles over their modest living quarters. NOAH: Nothing… Three months, twenty-three days, and still not one scrap of […]

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Showbiz

I was sitting in the park feeding pigeons when a squirrel came over to me. It was gray with white tufts under its ears. I tossed some bread crumbs at it but the squirrel just tilted its head and looked at me. I snapped my fingers and it jumped a little, startled by the sudden […]

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Winner of the Stalinist-Orwell Contest

It’s a little known fact-ual inaccuracy that Josef Stalin once wrote George Orwell a disgruntled letter outlining the notorious dictator’s discontent with the liberties Orwell took in creating Animal Farm. Regular Feathertale contributor Iain E. Marlow has managed to unearth that letter and we’re proud to publish it here for the first-time ever.   Dear […]

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Craigslist ad posted by Kim Jong II

$1.75 — 65-year-old man seeks roommate to share seven-story pleasure palace in Pyongyang ASAP!!! What up people, So I know this is totally last minute, but I had to kill my roommate in his sleep last night after he made eye contact with me. But, hey, as my father used to say, one man’s death […]

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