pages Lamb

by Kirby Wright

Published in Issue No. 189 ~ February, 2013

Photo by Vertigogen

This lamb has an old taste, not rotten or anything, just beyond gamey. It’s a putrid flavor, something garlic and oregano can’t disguise. Maybe I should have baked it longer.

Vonnegut told me the creative brain’s baked by 55. That’s the right side I guess. That means my mind’s already half-dead and years past gamey.

I apply mint jelly—that gives the lamb a snap of freshness. I think of a playful creature as I chew, one springing up a bright green hill to greet its mother.

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Kirby Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Wright has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Jodi Stutz Memorial Prize in Poetry, the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Robert Browning Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. BEFORE THE CITY, his first poetry collection, took First Place at the 2003 San Diego Book Awards. Wright is also the author of the companion novels PUNAHOU BLUES and MOLOKA’I NUI AHINA, both set in Hawaii. He was a Visiting Fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where he represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii. He was also a Visiting Writer at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Residency in Edgartown, Mass., and the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic. His futuristic novel THE END, MY FRIEND was published in 2013. He published SQUARE DANCING AT THE ASYLUM, a collection of flash fiction, in 2014.