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Michael Casey's first book, Obscenities, was in the Yale Younger Poet Series in 1972. It was recently reprinted by the Carnegie Mellon University Press. His later books are Millrat, The Million Dollar Hole, Raiding a Whorehouse, and Permanent Party.

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ns 73-74 | Fall 2009/Spring 2010

The "Feral Issue" presents work by a range of people, from those who have been doing animal studies all along to those newly exploring the field. If it has a leaning, it is to build a cultural materialist account of animals in our world. We hope that the writing here will give our readers a sense of what animal studies is and where it's going, and also add some new voices to its course.

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Published Spring 2006

Bagley's Sign

by Michael Casey | ns 65-66

Bagley's sign
on the road
near the monkey house
the POW cage people
put up a traffic sign
prisoner crossing
good ideas go wrong though
started off comical
first just a stylized stick figure
a nicely done symbolic
line drawing of gook generic
with conical hat
but then people added stuff
the slant eyes
the buck teeth
the hat strap
the thorn crown and cross
I can picture it now
it ended up
not very subtle at all

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