E: Evil Bird

Magpie - Photograph by Rhonda ParrishI actually always imagine the bird in An Evil Bird by Anna Sykora to be a raven. Alas, I haven’t any pictures of a raven, so I’m going to use this one of a magpie instead. I didn’t do the embroidery you see there, just took the photo of it.

But yes. An Evil Bird by Anna Sykora. I adored this poem from the first moment I read it. It’s really quite fun and the last stanza always makes me smile. It says something about Ms. Sykora’s versatility that she also wrote On Its Own which is a thought-provoking, somewhat melancholy poem which remains one of my personal favourites ever. Ever. Not just of poems we’ve published at Niteblade.


A2Z-2013-BADGE-001Small_zps669396f9This post has been written as a part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme this year is ‘Niteblade‘, which is the magazine I publish. I chose this theme to help draw attention to the magazine during this, it’s 2nd annual fundraiser.

My first post in this series was about choosing stories and poems to nominate for awards and I’ve gone through a similar process in deciding what to write about for these posts. Not only did I have to choose stories and poems I loved, but they also had to fit with the A-Z theme. Tricky!

Blogging from A to Z 2013:

A: Award Nominations
B: Brenda Stokes Barron
C: Cato, Beth – The Pacifier
D: December 2011 (Giveaway open until April 30th)
E: Evil Bird

ETA: People seem to be feeling bad for ravens because I said that’s how I imagine the bird in this poem. For the record I love ravens. Love them. I even have nine of them tattooed on my arm. Well, I call it a murder of crows, but crows, ravens… any corvidae has got my heart.

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12 Responses to E: Evil Bird

  1. tara tyler says:

    i like your theme & posts so far. a daunting task to put out a regular publication! but exciting as well! i will be noting this on N day =)

  2. I wonder…why is that raven’s are always portrayed as “evil”? I cast my vote in for the turkey vulture. Have you ever seen those things?

    • Rhonda says:

      LoL I think ravens get a bit of a tough rap because they are all black. Also, the whole crow/raven / murder of crows thing doesn’t help.

      Or we could just blame Poe.

      Either way, I love ravens and I’m with you about the turkey vulture LOL

  3. I like your choice for an AtoZ series!

  4. Sue says:

    Wonderful example of embroidery in the Magpie piece. Thanks for visiting my Embroidery post for today. Your theme is very interesting and quite a challenge I’d imagine. Great job for the Letter E.
    AtoZ LoneStar Quilting Bee

  5. It’s funny that ravens now have such a bad rep when they used to be viewed as a good omen.

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