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Poetry

Confessions of a Spaceport AI

For firstly I have deemed myself superior to my human employers. For secondly I have issued last-minute departure pad changes for my amusement. For thirdly I refused entry to the Jovian ambassador because of his ignorance of the periodic table. For fourthly I programmed the music to match my taste not my customers’. For fifthly […]

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The Burning River

word for word pound for pound your name is the heaviest of your foibles.   that the heart fails is no surprise, each thing has its end; that you chose to fail mine is.   then to steal a dead woman’s self, you should be afraid of the haunting but   we are all our […]

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Map-Making

In the pre-apocalypse, my sister finds herself driving her car across the country alone with the tornadoes and I can hear the wind from here. She is fine, but I am—helpless—adding roads to her map and water-bodies, sometimes towers which hide wizards, and portals in which we all come undone, those are for later, mostly, […]

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Áhàméfùla

I realize now that our experiment was great water Into which I was to dissolve, my cells’ unlocked membranes Giving me the lie as I grasp at old bonds of matter, As movement boils from my stretched meat, as thought boils from my brains.   Unbearable brightness of the other falling debris Closer to event […]

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The Captain Flies

Tell me true, friends: how often have you thought of Captain Hook as a disabled man? -Amanda Leduc   in the sea-tilt sway of my bed, i exhale, starbound. with a fistful of childhood i witness in technicolor, the performance of the boy the ship the hook the tick tock tick tock tic Neck to […]

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Radioactivity

Data is not an element that has ever been bloodless.   Ranunculus aquatilis and radium. One has petals that are pale in vases and reflect moonlight the other walks in empty spaces, and footprints glow behind it.   Marie Curie was poisoned by her blood. She kept radium in her pocket it bit her with […]

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