unpublished excerpts
from The Book of Pets

by Eugene Ostashevsky

6. The Mosquito

Puncturing skin

and drawing blood in

makes your mind go ZIZZZ,


that way you can catch

a severe disease.


Octopus Earl

Hugged the drowning girl.


Three elderly vultures

Purchased new dentures.

Empowered, they carry on

Tearing carrion.


Quick! Maul the koala

Before it holler!

21. The Paper Box

There’s an ox

In my paper box.


Little bunny rabbit

Met a raccoon, rabid.

Now there's no more bunny,

And you think it's funny.


Eugene Ostashevsky is a Russian-born American poet from New York City. His books include the poetry collection Iterature and a volume of Russian 1930s writings in translation called OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism.

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