Against the Law

“New Research Shocks Scientists: Human Emotion Physically Shapes Reality”–headline from the Enlightened Consciousness website


Though lacking the patience for methodical proofs,

any poet could have told them what the shaken

scientists found: Emotions defy the laws of physics,

shoving their hands down inside our genes

to make us writhe and dance; emotions seduce us,

drag us into bed and fuck us over, but it’s reality

that wakes us up with chainsaw snores

or rancid morning breath.


Copyright 2017

T. Allen Culpepper




Nineteen, shirtless, seen

from behind, the perfect V,

broad shoulders, lean waist–

maybe lifts some eights, maybe not;

his genes do some of the work.


Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper