Dreadnought SF, Summer 2023 (issue #1)

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11. Poetry by Jean-Paul L. Garnier

Art by Paulo Sayeg | Eden

The Big Dreams

those flying cars we dreamed of . . .

            on the way . . . ish

pills for food

            not such a great idea, really


            ever had to pee with one on, a pain

our dreams were kinda small

            skipped right over the big stuff

Equality for all

enough food for all

clean water . . . clean sky . . .

            we let “progress” trample those

let the big dreams come

dream them together

bring those dreams right out of heaven

and down to the ground

Jean-Paul L. Garnier

Jean-Paul L. Garnier lives and writes in Joshua Tree, CA where he is the owner of Space Cowboy Books, a science fiction bookstore, independent publisher, and producer of Simultaneous Times podcast. In 2020 his first novella Garbage In, Gospel Out was released by Space Cowboy Books and in 2018 Traveling Shoes Press released Echo of Creation, a collection of his science fiction short stories. He has also released several collections of poetry: In Iudicio (Cholla Needles Press 2017), Future Anthropology (currently being translated into Portuguese), Odes to Scientists (audiobook – Space Cowboy Books 2019) and Betelgeuse Dimming (2020). He is a seven-time Elgin Nominee and also appeared in the 2020 Dwarf Stars anthology. He is a regular contributor to DreamFoundry.org’s blog, and is the current editor of Star*Line Magazine.