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Bruce Boston


We find our hero in the midst
of azure dreams of lust

and glory that will take him ten
years to eradicate from his

psyche until it portrays
a world so blank and turgid

it could birth any universe,
monstrous or miraculous.

After that, every summer
doldrums was anticlimactic

as a never-never childhood,
a brief residue of tears

lost in a lakeside village,
the maybes of the past

forming horseshoe clouds,
innuendo his last resort,

waiting for the maître d’
and the immaculate check

in a leather folder engraved
with a history of tomorrow

on which he would place
his incarnadine stamp,

a message concise and wry
in his inimitable and often

totally alien hand,
scrawled by an innocent.


Bruce Boston is the author of fifty books and chapbooks. His writing has appeared in hundreds of publications, most visibly in Analog, Asimov’s SF, Amazing Stories, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and the Nebula Awards Showcase. Boston has received the Bram Stoker Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Asimov’s Readers’ Award, the Rhysling Award, and the Grandmaster Award of the SFPA.

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