Southern Cryptozoology, Allie Marini

Before the sightings began, there were the sheep, herds of them—mangled, necks & heads: crushed like pop cans, split like sawdust dollies, chins repositioned from the skull to their backs. Everyone said it was a cougar, a bear: There’s some natural explanation.

Then the kegger at the party rock: furred & scaled & unexplainable,

grunting, tossing tires from a cliff as though they were rings in a carnival shill’s booth. Suddenly, chaos, the squeal & stink of rubber on dirt & asphalt. There are rumblings of LSD in the keg: There’s got to be some natural explanation.

-- From Southern Cryptozoology 4: The Lake Worth Monster, in Southern Cryptozoology

About Allie Marini

Allie Marini holds degrees from Antioch University of Los Angeles and New College of Florida, meaning she can explain deconstructionism, but cannot perform simple math. She is managing editor for the Zoetic Press, NonBinary Review, and Unbound Octavo and co-edits Lucky Bastard Press with her man, performance poet B Deep. She is the author of 11 poetry collections, including Cliffdiving (Nomadic Press), Here Comes Hell {dancing girl press & studio} and Heart Radicals, a collaborative collection (ELJ Publications). Allie rarely sleeps, and her mother has hypothesized that she is actually a robot fueled by Diet Coke and Sri Racha. Find her on the web at or @kiddeternity.