The sun is blood orange
Our planet burning toward a new
age of extinction An impossible
attempt at rhyme Evolution
shapes acceptable solutions, not
optimal ones
, says a scientist
whose life’s work is an argument
against reality A train that’s not
a train, so much as
a description created by sensory
systems to inform us about
the fitness consequences
of our actions–a brain’s best
guess at what the world is like

A story A system
of corruption Illusion
of control A shared nightmare
we each experience on our own
The bridge from which we all


Justin Marks’ books are, You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored, (Barrelhouse Books, 2014) and A Million in Prizes (New Issues, 2009). He is a co-founder of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press, and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and their son and daughter. For more, go to


featured image via Spoon University.

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