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It’s the End of the World as We Know It

This week my good friend (and poet extraordinaire) Patrick Culliton invited me to be a part of his podcast, Talus or Scree. I recorded a poem for the Halloween episode, which you can listen to here.

The poem, “Night of the Comet (1984),” is one of a series of poems I’ve written based on doomsday films from the cold war to the present. For a solid six months or so, Netflix faithfully delivered the apocalypse to my door twice a week. I watched the world end–or almost end–over and over again in films like Night of the Comet, Time of the Wolf, The Quiet Earth, Armageddon, On the Beach, When Worlds Collide, and 28 Days Later.

What was the take-away, other than some poems? Knowing that if the A-bomb doesn’t get you, the asteroids will. And if the asteroids don’t get you, the virus will. And if the virus doesn’t get you, the zombies will. And if the zombies don’t get you, well, you might have half a chance.

Enjoy the podcast!

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