My Owls

Posted on Aug 7, 2011

My Owls

©2011 Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

This is a wee essay, illustrated by Frank Fiorentino (title drawing) and Jack Illingworth (photos and video) about the Screech owl family who briefly moved into my Toronto neighbourhood. Douglas Glover at Numéro Cinq published it here,

Illustration by Frank Fiorentino

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My Owls

Essay by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

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In the stories I’ve been writing lately, all set in and around my neighbourhood, a great many animals have arrived as if in the Eden of my mind, they are a necessity. They are not always kindly creatures. And they are there in the created neighbourhood of my stories even when they are not necessarily in my actual neighbourhood. And even when they are something like the animals that can be found in my actual neighbourhood, they are certainly not real in the way they enter the space of the stories, which can be both violent and inexplicable.

Yet, there are animals in my neighbourhood.

(continued on Numéro Cinq here)

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