Woodland Wisdom Tooth

Materialized by Benjamin Niespodziany on Monday, March 20th 2023.

An ancient bird broke away from the brigade and snuck in
to watch a film on trees. One tree was a city. The bark was
part moss god, part gauze. The bark was startling. Like
snakeskin without a lens. Like giraffe spots. Like bodies.
“Tomorrow,” the film’s narrator promised, “wind.”

Benjamin Niespodziany is a Chicago-based writer whose work has appeared in Fence, Puerto del Sol, Booth, Salt Hill, & elsewhere. A former Olive Garden waiter, his debut collection of poetry (with blurbs by Lemony Snicket & CAConrad) was released last November through Okay Donkey Press, & his forthcoming novella will be out with X-R-A-Y later this year. You can find more at neonpajamas.com.