Selected Poetry by Josh Pearce

September 11, 2020


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If the universe is

in fact

just made of strings


then we are knots

hung suspended

in spacetime's cat's



an intersection of thought


and occasionally the hands

of the gods come together

to stretch us out in jacob's



while we remain

unmoved, unblinking, and unaware,


quite suddenly

the lattice of everything

around us


has changed.









mamas always told

sailor sons to stay


from loose skirts


to only go diving off

the topsails

for girls who'll look


in a mermaid wedding



always just to say


that ursula

and morgana

have parrot-beak









Hortus Conclusus




She's your angel

bedeviled beside her


Let's be biblical here

she bit her lip and moaned


Better than the girl you don't

is the girl you have known.


She's no angel

be the devil inside her


Let's be biblical here

nip her lips and mons


Better porn was never known

than this song of songs.








Firefly Storm





in clouds

of ink-black










bug crash






Fortune Teller




Went to the fortune teller

and asked,


is there 


for me?


She put down a card for

my wants and a card for

memories, one for 

my thoughts and the hand 

on the table was me.


I said, my hand is like 

so many hands.

I want a different

fortune. I want

a different



But fortune says you can be

unique or you can be

loved, you can't 

have it both ways.


After I died the fortune

teller shuffled for millions her

genetic deck of hearts for

millennia her few card

trick combinations of

organs and fluids and dreams

until one of the only so many

possible somebodies in the

universe was the same being

I'd been.


And I looked at

this game

of memory for

a matching





Josh Pearce has stories and poetry in Analog, Asimov’s, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Cast of Wonders, Clarkesworld, IGMS, and Nature. He currently works at Locus magazine and lives in California with his wife and sons. One time, Ken Jennings signed his chest.


If you are interested in checking out Josh Pearce's website, you can find it here as well as his twitter here.

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