How far will we get without a running start when the whole world is against us? (a poem)

An ekphrastic poem, inspired by The Matrix. Everything can be traced to something beyond the surface but we can’t find it without that helping hand The view is obscured by an accident of focus to follow the voice is the only way out The maze leads to the drop looking down is not advised if we [...]

Stuff—31 March 2016

With the end of March comes the start of April—and, with the start of April, National Poetry Writing Month, a/k/a NaPoWriMo. Accordingly, this seems as good a time as any for an update… First, of course, I will be participating in NaPoWriMo again this year, my fourth year. Since I have been setting myself monthly [...]

Upon recognizing a previously unremarked-upon plot hole in The Matrix (A poem)

In The Matrix, there is a scene where Cypher is having dinner with Agent Smith as the two discuss the terms for putting Cypher back into the Matrix. As I was watching it earlier today, I found myself wondering: How did he get in and out of the Matrix to sabotage Morpheus and his crew by himself? [...]

NaPoWriMo 2015, Day 22: What if the earth just has a fever? (a poem)

Every prompt today seems to be an Earth Day prompt: napowrimo.net, Writer’s Digest, The Daily Poet… The first thing I always think of is George Carlin’s ‘The planet is fine’ routine, so that had some influence on my Earth Day poem… The earth doesn’t care about us— not the way we think it does Agent Smith [...]

There is no way to interrupt the process once it has begun (a poem)

Had trouble sleeping at first last night, so I tried writing a few things… Spinning squares send spiky spirals splashing across the factory floor but the machinery doesn’t stop Though I escape by roundabout means and random dodges I can still feel the shredded layers of skin about my mouth and face It heals quickly [...]