Roof Roosters

No, not the beloved cock—the post title refers to nesting on rooftops. Humans suck. The millionaire sanctuary known as Bird Key because it was roosting grounds for millions of birds. If those millionaires who stole the land put up potential roosts upon their roofs, they could atone somewhat for their thievery.

Making a proper roof roost would likely entail much trial and error because you need something which wouldn’t damage you roof, and be cosmetic in appearance, be hurricane safe, and be attractive to the birds as well, so only rich people should attempt this feat because it might be costly.

I had to remove a tree so this post came to mind and coincidentally the news showed a video of birds flying in through a chimney and taking over a home. Birds have a good reason to go Hitchcock on us— because humans suck.

The Crews Way to Twist Screws


Harry Crews uses shock. Lightning served great purpose to primitive man; it started fires and fire can be very good. Some may start fires with these books. Crews doesn’t shy away from much and will offend the book burning type. He wrote one book about a guy eating a car to make a case against, what he saw as, an irrational love for cars.

The outer two books look at religion and the snakes you find. You often seen snakes in religion. In Feast of Snakes, Crews shows the practice in extreme. Snakes symbolize intertwining bodies; male anatomy; life reborn. in their shedding skin; and eternity, in the circle form shown on the cover. The Gospel Singer shows a devil in angel form. A charlatan who preys on people in their search for hope.

The Hawk is Dying comes in book and movie form. Falconry, an old practice, and when you favor Free Bird; it hurts a little.

Celebration takes place at a trailer park for retired persons. A young woman sparks some old fires. Naked in Garden Hills takes place in my neck of the woods, Bone Valley. I made a short post on phosphate and it shows a book about the importance. Crews writes about her rape of land.

One Cover Doesn’t Reflect the Subject


Nature and gods may fit the first two, but the town got together and shot the dude in the third. Change the image or the title, or both. Change Shadow Country to, “Perspectives,” and put a man with a gull flying over his head then add some guns aimed their way. The pacifist in Peter Matthiessen may have said no, but I can’t believe he had set convictions. Bad marketing and a deceptive image hurt the book I love. Take the cover move it to another subject and I like it, but not on this book.

Known for nature writing, Matthiessen keeps some nature and adds humans to the equation. You see various perspectives about what happened; he leaves the reader a choice in what to believe. It may fit unsolved mystery fans the best even though we know many facts about the case. Some things stay in the shadows; hence, the name. I can fit the image and name in after reading the book, but still I disagree. I do agree with the historical facts and figures because I researched much the same material. I see many kin of my kin in the book and mixed race family mirrors my family, but I have even more variety.

Need a Pecker? Like a Pecker Needs a Hole


When you do it alone; you miss things. We try to play every role these days, only the rare birds can. I fail at detail and I need a Mary; some fail at the big picture and need a Lou. When I am weary and close to a dream state, I can create. Even when I’m wide awake, the where to put a comma escapes me. See the woodpecker, you can call him Elvis, he’s a rare bird. They call him a grail. Even people who may not care for peckers may want this one. The link does go to an Ivory-billed woodpecker; I’m not a Weiner politician.

When to Peacock?


When to Black and White? When to go albino? When to do the osprey or the eagle? When to do the flamingo? When to jab or obliterate? Word choice, color choice, symbol choices are just a few choices we must make when we create. I prefer these as individual pictures, but sometimes you have to make do. Florida is lucky to have a wide choice of birds and only the peacock, of the ones shown, is not native to Florida. Our owl is dedicated to the goddess Athena. Peacocks  are Argos and a favorite of  Flannery O’Connor. She got her peacocks from Florida. She isn’t the origin of the Southern Gothic genre; but she’s one of the champions. The images come from the Wikimedia Foundation, founded in St. Petersburg, Fl