Phantasm 4


On July 10, I was visited by a series of phantasms. It was like Dickens A Christmas Carol except it was hot as balls and the child labor was outsourced to China.

#4 is the last and most Dickensian of my phantasms. If he hadn’t had his tongue cut out at age 1.5 after uttering his first and only word I’m sure he would speak with the proper Cockney accent. As it is his eyes speak the universal language of hunger, of languid suffering, and of I-would-be-perfectly-within-my-rights-to-rip-your-heart-out-of-your-ribcage-if-only-it-were-worth-the-effort. 
If you see this dude, buy him a pint. I’ll reimburse you. I owe him one.

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine, among others. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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