Hair Crisis

by Julia Griffin “An Alleged Lock of Emily Dickinson’s Hair is Selling for $450,000… But Was it Stolen?” —LitHub I heard the Press buzz – when I died – A Cutting – from the Locks That I had grown – was now for sale – For half a million – Bucks – And all the […]

An Unexpected Festa

by Julia Griffin “‘What is this if not magic?’ The Italian man living as a hobbit After building his own version of Middle-earth, Nicolas Gentile has thrown a ‘ring’ into Mount Vesuvius” —The Guardian Scrub the glasses and mind the plates! Hone the knives and shine the forks! Signor Baggins re-relocates— Fill the bottles and […]

A Staggering Discovery

by Julia Griffin “The Griffin Warrior: A Staggering Discovery from Ancient Greece” —Greek Reporter The Warrior was “prominent,” in status and in jaw; The Griffin, though of ivory, was grand in beak and claw; Combined, they were redoubtable: men staggered at the sight, An action, I believe, not only natural but right.

Werking Suit

by Julia Griffin After Marie Joussaye “Judge: Michigan couple must pay son $30,441 for throwing out porn collection Ruling says parents had no legal right to ‘destroy property that they dislike’ … David Werking, 43 … lived at his parents’ Grand Haven home for 10 months after a divorce” —The Guardian I know I am […]

National Make-A-Will Month

by Julia Griffin It’s time, dear kin, to prove how much You relatively merit, For such as August shows me, such Will be what you inherit. September’s waiting at the door: I hear its heavy breathing; So, if you’d rather not be poor, Make nice while I’m bequeathing. Although my main concern’s my soul, (Assume […]

Afghan Manifesto

by Julia Griffin “‘This is manifestly not Saigon’: Blinken defends US mission in Afghanistan … ‘We went into Afghanistan 20 years ago with one mission in mind, and that was to deal with the people who attacked us on 9/11, and that mission has been successful.’” —The Guardian “It’s manifestly not Saigon,” Said Blinken, with […]

The Ballad of Wally the Walrus

by Julia Griffin “Life coach sent in to calm Wally wars on Scilly isles … Lizzi Larbalestier specialises in helping her clients develop ‘compassion for yourselves, others and the planet’ … [She] was flown in … to keep the peace between Wally the Walrus and some rather irate boatmen“ —The Sunday Times “Pontoon built to […]

The God Revealed

by Julia Griffin “‘Neptune’ appears in the waves during storm in Newhaven” —BBC News Neptune himself appearing in the storm? Few ever hoped for it—the god ascending, Divine locks pluming out, a spectral swarm, His whole head thrusting upwards, daylight bending Around the wild white undulating form, Through grief, some say, at never comprehending A […]

Seaside Detraction

by Julia Griffin “The world’s tallest sandcastle has been completed in Denmark … Standing 21.16 metres in height (69.4 feet), the castle is more than 3 metres taller than one built in Germany in 2019, which previously held the title, according to Guinness World Records. … Its Dutch creator […] [wanted] to represent the power […]

Microcosmos

by Julia Griffin “So happy to see you: our brains respond emotionally to faces we find in inanimate objects, study reveals” —The Guardian Three objects in a bounded space Will call to mind the human face. No matter what their form or size, Two shapes can always stand for eyes, The third supplying mouth or […]

Give Prose A Chance

by Julia Griffin “‘At first I thought, this is crazy’: the real-life plan to use novels to predict the next war” —The Guardian My novel (working title: “Peace”) Should help our global fears decrease: The world it shows is one defined By truth and equity combined, Not mad, political caprice. The wisest thoughts of ancient […]

Sub-attuned

by Julia Griffin “Lab analysis of Subway tuna sandwiches fails to identify tuna DNA” —The Guardian Expecting tuna DNA, The lab found content quite bizarre; We’re learning, from the exposé, That Subway subs are way subpar. What was the matter, did they say? Sea serpent, sponge, or COVID mask? Just write down Subway DNA Judiciously […]

Elephantasia

by Julia Griffin “Woman finds hungry elephant rummaging for late-night snack … He chewed on a plastic bag as [Ms] Ratchadawan, unsure what to do, filmed the episode on her phone. It’s not the first time Boonchuay [the elephant], who lives in Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan national park, has visited Chalermkiatpattana village.” —The Guardian This week […]

Out of their Shells

by Julia Griffin “Antidepressants in waterways may make crayfish bolder, increasing risk of predation” —National Geographic The drugs that make us feel OK Make shellfish quite high, sad to say: “Clam down!” cry the crayfish; “It’s safer than safeish!” And that’s how they end étouffés.

Benchmark

by Julia Griffin “Nailed it: man, 82, builds bench for wife in 30 minutes after council plea ignored Manuel Souto took matters into own hands to provide resting place for wife on daily walks in Spanish town” —The Guardian O Stranger, toiling down the street: Respect this rough-and-ready seat Made manually by Manuel To help […]