The Complexity of Detail, Olivia Offutt
this counts as artistry to the roadkill generation –
a few synonyms for sadness
stapled together with
a metaphor that’s easy to digest
the writers try to keep their hands clean
while they inspect the patch
of bloodied bird feathers
on the freeway
they’re taxidermists, sure,
but they’re still amateurs
should they bother
to learn their own craft
when they can hold up the corpse,
to an audience in awe of their work?
they pull out the teeth & then insist
feel the full bite of it
About the Author
Ezra Creedo · Kutztown University
Ezra is an undergraduate student at Kutztown University. He is pursuing a degree in psychology with a minor in political science. His academic work has been published in Social Work & Christianity and presented at the Kutztown University Composition Conference. Ezra enjoys contemporary literature and spending time with his cat.
About the Artist
Olivia Offutt · George Mason University
This piece first appeared in Volition. For more of Olivia Offutt’s art, visit her Instagram @oliviaoffuttillustration.