The next big American problem is wolf control

By Teddy Hempstead

Which are your favourite
Wikipedia wolf attacks
which sound like European surrealist poems?
Mine is January
2005
the 5th.
Wolves entering the village (seeking
refuge from harsh weather)
attacked
an elderly homeless man in front of witnesses.
Those witnessing
(the incident)
attempted to fight off the wolves
while waiting for police assistance.
Police intervention never came and
the victim died.

Or a logging camp
at Icy Bay, Alaska.
John Stenglein (a child)
received 19 laceration and puncture wounds
on the back
legs
buttocks before adults arrived
fought the wolf off
and shot it.

India, Hazaribagh
Russia, Karelia
40km from Tasmurinsky State Hunting Area
India, heart of Ashta
Unspecified location in Eastern Estonia.
All places of fatal wolf attacks
not ever immortalised by the pop
culture pen of Frank O’Hara
thank God.

Wolves are cruel and mean
devils in grey sheets
the foreground of a thousand paintings
called ‘Lure of the Wild’.
Okay.
I would like to make a pastiche
of all Wikipedia’s attacks on wolves.
“Fought the wolf
off and shot it” is not enough.
Their rude violence is virtuous
but this is not acknowledged on Wikipedia.
Fear and desperation also unrecorded
hunters in a human world, converted
out of reach of paws.

Which are your favourite
Wikipedia wolf attacks
which sound like European surrealist poems?
December 1947
A wolf that lived in Kirov
(a Russian railway station)
used to scavenging human corpses during the war
killed an unspecified number of victims
in an unspecified style
over an unspecified time
and met an unspecified end.
That’s good, better, all that I needed to know.

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