The Death of the Last White Male

In Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology, Volume 14, Number 1-2, Winter-Spring 2006. Johns Hopkins University Press.

The death of the last white male occurred on the very first day of the Chinese New Year, and to make matters worse, it was the Year of the Cock. When Grace discovered the lifeless body, she was filled with foreboding. He was a Silkie, a magnificent bird with showy snow-white plumage, and sapphire blue cheeks, and a powder puff on the top of his head. His name was Gorgeous, but mostly they just called him ‘The Gimp’ on account of the limp he had acquired in a battle with his predecessor, Bootsie, who had been the king of the roost until he died of a mysterious flu-like illness.