David C. Kopaska-Merkel
the memory of vast entities
that change their shapes, or move.
at first you’re stiff,
your joints ache, but soon,
movement in eyes’ corners,
a plucking at one's garments,
a disturbance of the bowels,
the feeling that
someone just left as you entered,
nearly remembered name.
Kopaska-Merkel assumed human form in the 50’s.
As a cover, he edited Star*line in
the late ‘90s, and
the Rhysling award (long poem) in 2006 for “The Tin Men” (a collaboration with
Kendall Evans). His poetry has been published in venues including Asimov’s,
Strange Horizons, Polu Texni, Primate Cuisine, & Night
Cry. He has written 31 books, and edits Dreams
and Nightmares magazine; @DavidKM on Twitter.