Chicken Lit (8)

By: Lisa Jane Persky
May 27, 2017

One in a series of ten posts reprinted from our friend Lisa Jane Persky’s blog Chickens in Literature.

Chicken with Vines by Raymundo Gonzalez

Just outside the arcade on the sidewalk there was a gaudy, circus-looking cage affair. A Dominique hen was imprisoned in it. She was wearing a tiny scholar’s mortarboard on her head with a rubber band holding it in place. The sign said:

JOANN THE WONDER HEN
THE COLLEGE-EDUCATED CHICKEN
ASK JOANN ANY YES OR NO QUESTION
DEPOSIT NICKEL AND SEE ANSWER BELOW

Joann moved nervously from side to side in her tight quarters. Her speckled plumage was all ruffled up around her neck and in other places it looked damp and sagged. She was hot. There was a crazed look in her eyes.

— from Charles Portis’s Norwood

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CURATED SERIES at HILOBROW: THAT’S GREAT MARVEL by Douglas Wolk | LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE by Chris Spurgeon | IMAGINARY FRIENDS by Alexandra Molotkow | UNFLOWN by Jacob Covey | ADEQUATED by Franklin Bruno | QUALITY JOE by Joe Alterio | CHICKEN LIT by Lisa Jane Persky | PINAKOTHEK by Luc Sante | ALL MY STARS by Joanne McNeil | BIGFOOT ISLAND by Michael Lewy | NOT OF THIS EARTH by Michael Lewy | ANIMAL MAGNETISM by Colin Dickey | KEEPERS by Steph Burt | AMERICA OBSCURA by Andrew Hultkrans | HEATHCLIFF, FOR WHY? by Brandi Brown | DAILY DRUMPF by Rick Pinchera | BEDROOM AIRPORT by “Parson Edwards” | INTO THE VOID by Charlie Jane Anders | WE REABSORB & ENLIVEN by Matthew Battles | BRAINIAC by Joshua Glenn | COMICALLY VINTAGE by Comically Vintage | BLDGBLOG by Geoff Manaugh | WINDS OF MAGIC by James Parker | MUSEUM OF FEMORIBILIA by Lynn Peril | ROBOTS + MONSTERS by Joe Alterio | MONSTOBER by Rick Pinchera | POP WITH A SHOTGUN by Devin McKinney | FEEDBACK by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FTW by John Hilgart | ANNOTATED GIF by Kerry Callen | FANCHILD by Adam McGovern | BOOKFUTURISM by James Bridle | NOMADBROW by Erik Davis | SCREEN TIME by Jacob Mikanowski | FALSE MACHINE by Patrick Stuart | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE by Significant Objects | 12 MORE DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE by Significant Objects | UNBORED MANIFESTO by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen | H IS FOR HOBO by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FRIDAY by guest curators

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