The Birdman of Noe Valley

Woodcut of a Scarlet Tanager.

I was walking to 24th Street to catch the J-Church to downtown San Francisco when I saw a man on his knees in front of a two-story house. He was crying. He wore a silk shirt with khakis, polished black shoes and he had several rings on his fingers. He didn’t look homeless.

As I neared the man he turned towards me and thrust his hands forward. He was holding a dead sparrow.

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Loren Kantor

Loren Kantor

Loren is a writer and woodcut artist based in Los Angeles. He teaches printmaking and creative writing to kids and adults.