The Starlight SciFaiku Review, Spring 2023 (issue #3)

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53. Poetry by Joshua St. Claire

galactic center & other poems

galactic center
townies still gather around
the local loudmouth

quantum fluctuations
the what-could-have-been
of what could have been

tachyonic antitelephone
there are just some things
I’ll never do

from mouth to hand to hand to mouth
a lit cigarette

cosmic strings
a cat hair twists
in the sunlight

hydrogen bonds
the clone warriors learn strength
in numbers

asking the chatbot
what he is thinking
silicon moon

Phobos-Deimos conjunction
outside Mars City
crop failure

on the observation deck

Mistake Moon
checking the airtight seals
of his spacesuit
he suddenly remembers
the beans from his breakfast burrito

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.