2022 Clarion West Write-a-thon

Neile Graham

June 6, 2022 - July 30, 2022

My Writing Goals

I plan to write the first draft of a poem a week, which will be sent to sponsors. I also hope to complete the first draft of the novel I'm currently working on, but this might be a stretch.

Writing Sample

The tiny beings absorb me, as, all open beaks and squawks, they gobble the food. Gray-pink bodies, red gullets. Shocking how much food those tiny, nearly translucent creatures have already taken in, how high those necks can stretch, how wide those beaks can open, like trumpet flowers. And the noise. Definitely like trumpets. I've already asked Tam if there's another eyedropper and Tam doesn't think so but has gone to the kitchen to see if there's something else we can use, since in the time it takes to empty the dropper in one bird, the other gets itself riled up enough to pierce an eardrum. Their hunger is so urgent, their whole eerie little bodies get into the shrieking. It riles me up, too. I'm shocked how much I feel for them. Their starvation is an emergency. 

Small creatures are appealing, but usually because they're cute. These birds are seriously uncute. Ugly, even, but then ugly has its own appeal. Even these plucked-chicken birdlings.

from Chapter 2 of The Honey Queen 

Publications List

See my website for complete lists of my books and published poems and stories.

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