it’s that time of year again, 
when his face is plastered all over Beirut  

a crooked man with a crooked face 
old and decrepit 
smiling at the founder 
and the founder smiles back  

they have never met, 
and never will … 

Poem, in its entirety, is available in the printed version of the current issue.


J.D. Harlock is a writer and editor. In addition to their work as a poetry editor at Solarpunk Magazine and an editor at Android Press, their writing has been featured in Strange Horizons, New York University’s Library of Arabic Literature, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association Blog. (See Twitter, Threads, and Instagram @JD_Harlock).

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