It starts so simple⸺a boy lost in a field, covered in twigs, spread thick to the fingertips. He learns to play dead. How to still his earthquaking chest while others hive around him in search—their loud howls drifting towards the timber in waiting. Most of the others have all been found and hung to dry at the wrist by this point, but this cannot end until all of the faggots have burned⸺childish game they play. Who can spill the most blood into the firepit to watch the flames glow neon, how to turn a boy into a blooming field of flames. The art of hunting with a lit torch and palms full of gasoline, they continue to scour. They cannot find the boy, he stays hidden.
jason b. crawford (They/Them) was born in Washington DC, raised in Lansing, MI. Their debut Full-Length Year of the Unicorn Kidz will be out in 2022 from Sundress Publications.