Not human enough for the census by Erik Fuhrer / #Extract @fly_press @ErikFuhrer

An ode to apocalypse as anthem for the environment, Not Human Enough for the Census sees nature as a protoganist fighting to change humanity by exposing its absurdity. This collection finds both beauty in decay and hope in our mistakes.

(Images by Kimberly Androlowicz)







the treebutchers made 20 hits a day

their hands calloused

like the bark they eat twigs

consuming their kills

cannibalism is a thin red line

especially when the treebutchers

began to sprout

leaves from their eyes

the treebutchers read

ionesco’s the rhinoceros

as they brush

the leaves

out of their line of vision

though it is hard to read when your entire eye is in the shade

christ is


to have told hypocrites

to cast out the beam

from their own eye

before casting the dust

out of their brother’s eye

so the treebutchers begin to blow in each other’s eyes

but the leaves continue to sprout

one of the treebutchers manages

to read Ionesco’s entire play

through the side of their eye

and turns into a squirrel

the treebutchers beg it

to clear the leaves

from their eyes with its teeth

but it climbs a tree instead

when they cut it down

the squirrel bites them

in the fingers instead

then runs away

(p77-78, ‘not human enough for the census’ by Erik Fuhrer, Vegetarian Alcoholic Press)

Thank you, Erik Fuhrer and Fly on the Wall Press


About the author

Erik Fuhrer is a poet, artist, collaborator, and educator. With his wife, the painter Kimberly Androlowicz, he is co-collaborator of not human enough for the census (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2019) and in which I take myself hostage (Spuyten Duyvil Press, forthcoming 2020).

Erik is the author of 3 additional poetry collections, all of which leverage poetic erasure: every time you die (Alien Buddha Press, 2019), which includes art by Marcel Herms,VOS (Yavanika Press, 2019), which includes redacted digital collages by the author, and At Root (Alien Buddha Press, 2020), which includes digital art by the author.

His work has been a finalist for Survision’s Inaugural James Tate Chapbook Prize, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best Microfictions, and Best of the Net.


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