Dreadnought SF, Summer 2023 (issue #1)

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19. Poetry by Joshua St. Claire

Art by Paulo Sayeg | Noite

September Sunrise

September sunrise
a passenger pigeon chick hatches
from a test tube

Phobos waning
the scent of evening primroses
fills Sagan Crater

toddling and unsure
he takes his first steps
cybernetic exoskeleton

a young girl playing
in the fairy ferns
Venusian aerostat

exchange student
she teaches us how to sign
with our tentacles

he rubs his eyes
after the long night
sleeper ship

some imported hot chocolate
howling winds of Titan

Joshua St. Claire

Joshua St. Claire is an accountant who works as a financial executive for a large non-profit in rural Pennsylvania, USA. His poetry is published or forthcoming in Star*Line, Schuylkill Valley Journal, MORIA Literary Magazine, Book of Matches, Delmarva Review, Ghost City Review, and the many fine publications of Starship Sloane. His work in haiku and related forms has been published broadly in North American, European, and Asian journals. He is a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Rhysling Award nominee. His work was included in the 2022 Dwarf Stars anthology, he is the winner of the 2022 Gerald Brady Memorial Senryu Award and received an honorable mention in the 2022 David Cobb Haiku Award.