The Martian Chronicles The Earth Men

Brittany Hause

The Martian Chronicles The Earth Men

four men from Earth
       ungentlemanly
              unreasonable

four angry voices
       the captain and his crew
              lying wildly

the captain like his men
       frightful-looking

I have to tell everyone
       find someone who’ll listen

the men wear masks
       pleasant masks
              masks that smile

The men want Mars
       They see it as a toy

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Brittany Hause is a linguist who, when not wrapped up in research on language contact, can usually be found reading and writing SFF poems and stories. Her speculative poetry has most recently appeared in Star*Line, Abyss & Apex, Grievous Angel, and Eye to the Telescope. She can be found on Twitter @BrittanyHause.

Editor’s Notes: This poem is part of the “Martian Chronicler” series of erasure poems, which are drawn from different pieces in Ray Bradbury’s classic short story collection, The Martian Chronicles. Brittany used watercolors, ink pen, and Microsoft Paint to block out some words and spotlight others. She said, “My intention in creating the poems in this series has been to craft narratives from the perspective of a non-human character (speaking from within a non-Earthly culture) out of stories told from a primarily human (and exoticizing/colonizing) point of view. As a result, the poems bear little resemblance to the source texts in theme and tone, sometimes running directly counter to the plot lines or assumptions of the original stories.”

As editor, I suggested the erasure poem be arranged on the page (preserving the order of appearance in the original text) as is shown here. This method of presentation is one of the options in presenting an erasure poem.

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