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David C. Kopaska-Merkel is the editor of Dreams and Nightmares and the Science Fiction Poetry Association's journal, Star*Line. He had sold poems and stories and reviews to many places, including Night Cry, Eldritch Tales, Xenophilia, Space and Time, and Alpha Dimension. By day he's a geolo gist; he's co-authored a sedimentology textbook, and published papers on trilobites, oil and gas reservoir rocks, and fossil reefs. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


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Happy Birthday, Mr. Senator!

by David C. Kopaska-Merkel

    they filled the night with terrors
    and opened every eye
    to a hideous garden --

    his sores were the blinking eyes of a fallen god
    as he shuffled to the door.

    There was
    something swelling beneath the skin,
    which
    peeled back like an eye unlidding
    to disgorge a bright orange
    fluid like a poisoned stream
    running down his legs
    splashing and flowing
    burning the webs between his toes
    filling the house like a hot wind
    and scaring the crap out of the magazine salesmen.