Issue No. 4, Spring 2013

Pulling at Our Minds
John W. Sexton

to the moon!
Monsieur d’Range orchestrates
a bridge of ants

strange purring star –
the ship’s cat begins
meowing in tongues

transportable AI
made of nano-tea …
we consult our cups

Martian moss-mind …
tardigrade priests prophesy
four-billion-year doze

a sheen
on the moon’s brow … oysters shift
at the seafloor

starlight holds the key
… on the hillside
a grass door

still pulling at our minds
… the gravitational force
of Pluto


John W. Sexton lives in the Republic of Ireland. He was born in 1958 and is the author of four previous poetry collections, the most recent being Vortex (Doghouse, 2005) and Petit Mal (Revival Press 2009). His fifth collection, The Offspring of the Moon, is due from Salmon Poetry in 2013. In 2007, his poem “The Green Owl” won the Listowel Poetry Prize; in that same year he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.