Ernest Hilbert has a new book coming out.
I previously reviewed his first one, Sixty Sonnets.
Literary Magnet will be starting off with some of his poems from All of You on the Good Earth. We'll finish off with a review.
Here's the first poem:
Sunrise with Sea Monsters
For Ray Harryhausen
“Huge Octopus Topples the Golden Gate!”
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms skulks
Ashore, hearing a foghorn, lonely for friends.
Nessie slips from the Loch to seize a mate.
Swarming tentacles haul great, breathing hulks
From frozen deeps to clutch prey, then descend.
The clumsy frogman from the Black Lagoon
Gazes, glistening, from the giant sail
Of the drive-in screen at nestled, flinching teens—
But these Things don’t belong here and soon
Slink from secured soil, sink in a cold whirl,
Beaten back by ray guns, germs, and Marines.
Sea birds, drunken on guts, hover over
Churned seas, watching for the next poor monster.
(Originally appeared in Scythe)