Four stories by David Rutschman (fiction, ‘02) appear in Waxwing:

 

A method for appeasing jackals

Make a jackal from the pieces of jackal in your own body and offer the jackal you have made to the jackals that surround you. Sing the appropriate song: Jackals, I give you a jackal / made from my own body / jackals, a delicate feast!

The jackal you make from the jackal-pieces of your own body must be a living jackal. The jackals that surround you will eat a dead jackal of course (they’re scavengers) — but after eating they will not be appeased, which means that you must locate only the living pieces of jackal within your own body.

… continue reading “A method for appeasing jackals” here.

… also read “Employee,” “Tree, Bird, Spoon,” “The Guest,” & “I was digging a hole”

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