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EP Poem: Making Monsters

A Poem by Tim Pratt.
Read by Stephen Eley.
All stories by Tim Pratt.
All stories read by Stephen Eley.

He is the reason clowns so often seem
sinister, the reason mannequins and dolls
can be so unsettling, the reason a child’s
tricycle
sitting unattended in a front yard can be an image
suffused with dread. If he goes on
this way, who knows what other objects
will attain an aura of menace?

Rated PG. May provoke disturbing thoughts.

This poem originally ran in Strange Horizons in July of 2004.

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  1. John says:

    A fine, spare reading, Steve. You do the teasing, omniscient, introspective narrator voice well. Thanks for opening another paying market for SF poetry. I was delighted this summer when Readercon became the venue for the Rhysling Awards. This piece, fine as it is, placed second. The readings and the Poetry Slan (no typo) were an excellent addition to a fine con. If you get positive feedback from more than just me, please consider making an overture to Mike Allen to spread the word that you’re in the market.

  2. Lora says:

    This was an excellent poem. I’m going to see if I can get anyone else to listen. Simple, and yet exactly what you asked for.. modern monsters. Very perceptive.

  3. Milind says:

    Superb poem. Have not seen so much compression in a long time.

  4. This is an interesting epistemological consideration of objects. The suggestion that such can be suffused with an aura of menace is original in this context. The use of he is pertinent, this gender socialisation of evil as “male” is accurate though disappointing for the male population at large.