Post-Apocalyptic Radio Broadcasts

Written by Garrison Benson in Poetry on Sunday, April 12, 2015.
All the prayers I have left, gathered by scraping
out my skull with the most thorough spatula I own,
are those beginning with the vacuously conditional,
"If you exist", and ending with an endless asymptotic descent
toward wordlessness. Undead moaning. Whoever,
whatever, if, if, have mercy! God(s) or goddess ...

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The Rejected Messiah

Written by Garrison Benson in Poetry on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.
The rejected messiah climbs down
from his botched crucifixion, still
alive. That was anticlimactic.
Blood spilled; no one got saved.
What now? Does he search
for another sinner, another cross,
another chance to do everything right?
(Maybe try thicker nails next time?)
Or did that one count? Is he off ...

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The World We're Living In

Written by Garrison Benson in Essays on Monday, February 23, 2015.

I create worlds.

When someone says that, you can assume one of a few possibilities: A) he's a god who has taken human form, B) he has access to godlike technology, or C) he's a nerd. For better or worse, I inhabit the last category. I create imaginary ...

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