birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.


Do not tell a single one what you did  
as a trial to see if you’re over  
the big shame of it. Then you will have said  
your mortification, have to remember  
your experiment’s knowing as well as  
the original stunt which whatever  
was difficult enough to push and squeeze  
underneath the churning cloud cover  
of the dull roar of your never-ending  
shudders. It was ill-advised. I was drunk.  
Why am I so callous and ruthless with  
myself, suffering to make myself think  
on the foolish act again, but you may  
rest assured what it was I will not say. 


Shelter for the Soul