Crooked Neck

Ed’s son has a neck injury from Peewee football, one so bad that the boy’s head is stuck cocked to the side. The doctor said surgery, but Ed’s poultry farmer neighbor said his turkeys get crooked neck all the time. He feeds the birds sunflower seeds for extra vitamin E. Cure-all, he said, they either get better or they die. A pack of seeds costs ninety-nine cents at the liquor store. Ed finds the black shells littered all over the house.


Annie Hartnett lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She has stories published or forthcoming in Indiana Review, PANK Magazine, and RHINO Poetry.