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

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.


I want to assert here, forcefully, that
keeping one's temper is not the measure
of a man. There is such a thing as
righteous anger, for instance Heather Heyer's.

If I trade a calm demeanour in for
indignation, it does not make my point
suddenly moot. You can sit smugger
because you are not mad. You disappoint.

If you believe you've won your argument
because you never said an off-colour word,
you make yourself exactly as cogent
as the gun-mongering twerp I blistered

one spring Saturday on the Peace Corner.
No matter who screamed, who baited, he erred.

Golden Crosses