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Jun 6, 2022

"Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth." --June Jordan

Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild

When Kathy Fish was asked, in 2017, to contribute to the online journal, Jellyfish Review, she had a piece all cued up-- but then something happened in Las Vegas, that shook the nation, and Fish found herself writing a different piece for the platform instead. It went viral. It was titled, "Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild." In Fish's words, "It weighs in at under 150 words and I've seen people call it a poem, a flash fiction, even an essay. I think it's sort of a hybrid piece, a prose poem." Call it what you will, five years later, it speaks searingly to the present times.

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