"A Sleuth of Bears" by J. Archer Avary



immerse yourself in

savage mental imagery:


debonaire bears

in bowler hats

in trench-coats

monocles dangling from pockets

dignified bears

in polite society

at cocktail parties

plates of salmon pate hors d'oeuvres

passed by tuxedoed panda bears

demure bears

with decorative umbrellas

with surprisingly fresh breath

elegant dancing bears

damned fancy bears

with stock portfolios

with Ivy League aspirations


the all-time greatest bears

assembled for the first time

in one epic sleuth of

sleuthy bears

toothy bears

rootin-tootin good-timing bears


fat gluttonous bears

whiskey-drinking bears

intoxicated bears on the edge

one drink away from hibernation




J. Archer Avary (he/him) is a former TV weatherman. His work has appeared/is forthcoming in The Riot Act, Burnt Breakfast Mag, The Daily Drunk, Honest Ulsterman, The Remnant Archive, and Rejection Letters. He lives on a tiny island in the English Channel.


Twitter: @j_archer_avary

Related Posts

See All

"[the sick cat is licking]" by Christine Hamm

Lately, the cat has taken to purring every night around 9. Sometime he drools on his bright orange coat, sometimes he looks like tangled weeds. Last night, people saw northern lights in New Jersey. To

"a cricket in the apartment" by Elizabeth Galoozis

we know it only by its sound the vibration of its wings in the dark. we have tried to trace the chirp, trap it. closed all the windows, taken a broom to the skylight to shake it loose but all that fel

  • Twitter
  • Instagram

© 2021 by Horse Egg Literary