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2 POEMS BY GWYNNE GARFINKLE

People Change: A Love Story

  1. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

he’s secretly in love with her

alas he only tells her

when they’re about to be replaced

by emotionless imposters

and love is about to be

eradicated from the planet



 

timing is everything


 

  1. The Fly (1986)

they fall in love


 

then he gets jealous

of her ex-boyfriend

gets sloshed on champagne

and morphs into a giant insect



 
(sometimes I just watch the first half

of the film, pretend it’s only

the sweet romance between

a scientist and a reporter


 
they live happily ever after

nothing disintegrates)


 

  1. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

they’re happily married


 
sex becomes newly interesting at first

as he roams the increasingly

vast expanse of her body


 
he continues to diminish

until even the cat wields

more power than him


 still he grows more minuscule

until his wife can no longer see him

or hear him calling her name


 

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Illustration by Carrion House




 

Linda Blair Pantoum

I cut her photo from Famous Monsters       

the makeup-caked demon’s gleeful grimace

I haven’t seen the movie yet

her picture is everywhere



 
the makeup-caked demon’s gleeful grimace

possessed girl with bad skin and matted hair

her picture is everywhere

“that thing upstairs isn’t my daughter”



 
possessed girl with bad skin, in a shaking bed

twelve year old spitting out expletives

“that thing upstairs isn’t my daughter”

shock of her whisky-and-nicotine voice


 twelve year old spitting out expletives

Sarah T. the teenage alcoholic

shock of Mercedes McCambridge’s voice

born innocent babe in juvie



 
Sarah T. the teenage alcoholic

sweet hostage in Martin Sheen’s speeding car

born innocent babe on TV

I approach adolescence, looking for signposts


 
sweet hostage in Martin Sheen’s speeding car

I haven’t seen the movie yet

as I approach adolescence, looking for signposts

I cut her photo from Famous Monsters

 

Gwynne Garfinkle (poetry) lives in Los Angeles. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in such publications as Strange Horizons, Interfictions, Apex, Mythic Delirium, Lackington’s, The Cascadia Subduction Zone, Through the Gate, inkscrawl, and The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk.

Carrion House (artwork) currently lives and works in the South of England. Having recently graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first-class degree, he is now a full-time illustrator for just about any project that piques his interest. Despite regular forays into children’s books and fairy tales, his true love lies in anything macabre, melancholy, or dark in nature and essence.

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