Linda Bierds

  • Simulacra

    Before the beak of a tiny pipette. dipped through a glisten of DNA and ewe quickened to ewe. with exactly the simulacrum. forty thousand years…

  • Sketchbook

         Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, 1635 Because so often he has entered the body, its torso, freshly sanitized, its legs and arteries, the red…

  • Questions of Replication: The Brittle Star

    Hear the author read this poem (in RealAudio) Why now, under seven fathoms of sea,with sunlight just a sheen on its carapace.and someone's dark…

  • Orbit

    ORBIT by Linda Bierds. For warmth in that Swedish winter, the child, aged one, wore petticoats hooked from angora, knotted and looped to a…

  • Safe

    Safe, we thought. The floodwaters nestled. the arc of their udders, but no higher -- dewlaps, flanks, even the tips of the briskets, dry. All…

  • The Weathervanes

    Polished by offshore, sand-pocked winds, they leered up from a backdrop of bay: swordfish. and salmon, the whale, its tin ball of spume. Up the…


Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas


The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm


Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."


Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."


The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."



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