Ken Poyner

Ken Poyner

After years of impersonating a Systems Engineer, Ken Poyner has retired to watch his wife continue to break world raw powerlifting records.  Ken’s two current poetry and three short fiction collections are available from Amazon and elsewhere. See www.kpoyner.com and www.barkingmoosepress.com.

The songs are a civilization that at some point
Collapses, the singing dissipates
Into noise, the aliens grow thin
And blow out of our lives with the next thunderstorm.

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Other people have better heroes, heroes
That break down less often, that come with a warranty.
But this is my hero, and I’ve gotten used to him.

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He can, of course, murder his enemy’s
Children in their sleep, re-educate
Entire societies, round up all the passable
​Women in a village to create a forced labor brothel.

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