Over Perth, a ball of fire,

flung down by gods, ignites the sky

with apocalyptic flame,

but the people pray to science

its appearance to explain–

where it comes from, why it blazes;

creative spark or starter for pyre?


Copyright 2018

T. Allen Culpepper


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