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John Short: Robophobe

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Art by John Sowder © 2024

ROBOPHOBE

 

by John Short

 

 

                   I don’t like you in the world,

you clash with aspirations

                   to olive trees and forest paths,

                   same affinities as always.

                   I’d send you back to Sci-Fi.

                  

                   In comics often you were invaders

                   the threat to life and freedom

                    always defeated in the end

                   but now this menacing cloud,

                   like an army gathered on the hill.

                  

Let counterfeit life populate

                   the corridors— it’s their moment.

                   Most things become obsolete,

                   even the hapless human animal

                   gradually imprisoning itself.

 

 

 

John Short lives in Liverpool (UK) again after a previous life in southern Europe. He's appeared in about 80 magazines internationally and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018. He has a pamphlet, Unknown Territory (Black Light Engine Room 2020), and a full collection, Those Ghosts (Beaten Track 2021). His collection, In Search of a Subject (Cerasus Poetry 2023), is available on Amazon or as an e-book from the Cerasus online shop.

From the hollows of Kentucky, John Sowder divides his spare time between creating art for Sugar Skull Press and working on various cryptid-themed projects.  He illustrated GEORGE THE HOLIDAY SPIDER by Rick Powell, which is due November of this year.  You can see more of his art at www.deviantart.com/latitudezero  

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