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Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild by Kathy Fish

Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild

by Kathy Fish

published in Jellyfish Review, 2017


A group of grandmothers is a tapestry. A group of toddlers, a jubilance (see also: a bewailing). A group of librarians is an enlightenment. A group of visual artists is a bioluminescence. A group of short story writers is a Flannery. A group of musicians is

— a band.


A resplendence of poets.


A beacon of scientists.


A raft of social workers.


A group of first responders is a valiance. A group of peaceful protestors is a dream. A group of special education teachers is a transcendence. A group of neonatal ICU nurses is a divinity. A group of hospice workers, a grace.


Humans in the wild, gathered and feeling good, previously an exhilaration, now: a target.


A target of concert-goers.


A target of movie-goers.


A target of dancers.


A group of schoolchildren is a target.




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