Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry


The pirate is part magician and part thief. With all the gauze and white tape, I know the left side of his face better than the right side. Pirates, like werewolves, live tied to the moon. The dark break in the white plaster is the negative of the full moon rising.

here Gilfaethwy
gills of the fish faith you and
me these pirates see

His lupine history lingers as the silver in his beard. Wolves and domestic dogs alike contract Lyme Disease. A study in the Czech Republic, found wild boar in forest regions infected with the bacteria as well. Tell me who steals the otherworldly pigs, without magic? There is magic in the phenomenology of the feral sentenced to three years in the forest. The deer with white tails like lighthouses are host to the black-legged ticks who are host to the Borrelia burgdorferi. Lighthouses, cyclops, and lakes oh dear.


Part of The Learned Pig’s Wolf Crossing editorial season, spring/summer 2017.

Cover image: Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, illuminated manuscript (c.1412 – 1416). Detail from calendar scene, November. Photo: R.M.N. / R.-G. Ojéda


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Julia Rose Lewis

Julia Rose Lewis is working on a PhD at Cardiff University; she is researching the question: what is lost without discourse between poetry and science? She has published two pamphlets: Zeroing Event (Zarf Poetry) and Exhalation Halves Lambda (Finishing Line Press). Her collaboration with James Miller is forthcoming with Aquifer Books. Her pamphlet How to Hypnotize a Lobster won the Pitch Viper Prize 2017 and is forthcoming with Fathom Books.