camera obscura

The Purpose of Reality illustrated short story and poetry volumes from Meerkat Press with reviews from Publishers Weekly and the like, now available on Amazon and at other outlets, click for details including reviews.

The imagined is ordinary,
the signifiers of what lies beyond
were long ago ground away
to the commonplace,
applied to pedantry and potatoes,
lost in the semantic sea.


At night when the world is undecided
on existence, I feel its pulsing,
its slow crescendos and vanishings.

In the nadir of its uncertainty,
when the cars on the street
outside have peeled away like tape,
when the walls and windows
of my bedroom are vague suggestions
—a long-lost architect’s faded sketches—
I hide my head beneath the pillow
and remember strangers I once met:
insinuations from other realms
with dark mysteries hidden behind
their eyes.

From within my camera obscura,
the meaning of their words
was unfathomable, and the secrets
of their souls were beyond
my powers of divination.

If I had a time machine, I’d go back,
and ask them to explain.

The Purpose of Reality S-WP


The Lost Planet, click image for larger version (no AI in the creation of this artwork). 8K original image=4 UHD screens. Evolved by my software that seeks unimagined realms.  8K original image = 4 UHD screens, from the ultracubist engine. Art on Instagram four days per week.