Issue No. 18, Autumn 2016

Insensible of Concussion
John W. Sexton

dense as moles
snuffling sightless
in the velour ground

from the nice
dead lady next door …
blood oranges and stricken soup

insensible of concussion
and x-rays … lumpen androids
of lead

each download takes
a geological age … software
for the granite phone

twist on an old trick
… bending their minds
with a spoon

sex but no eggs …
noise hour on hour
from the cockerel-clock

night further
darkens the black dress … a path of moonlight
all the way in

testing
his super length
in the Fortress of Exactitude

the serpent
in the hole watertight …
the strongest nail in the ark

inside the comet
four and a half billion years
the angel maggot

folding space …
hold on to your lungs
when entering the concertina


John W. Sexton was born in 1958 and lives in the Republic of Ireland. His fifth poetry collection, The Offspring of the Moon, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2013. A sixth collection, Futures Pass, is forthcoming from Salmon in 2017. His poem “The Green Owl” was awarded the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007 for best single poem, and in that same year he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry. His speculative poems are widely published and some have appeared in Apex, The Edinburgh Review, The Irish Times, Mirror Dance, The Pedestal Magazine, Rose Red Review, Silver Blade, Star*Line and Strange Horizons.