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THE HAL PRIZE 2018

by Michael Orlock

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Post Mortem Me: A Poet’s Lament I have lived my death untold times in weasel words of verse; have conjugated all sense of tense with verbs misused, and worse. I have sought surcease of syntax in infinitives that split and left me hanging by a comma, sounding like a twit. I have passively pursued an active voice just as a ruse to mask grammatical constructions too dense to be obtuse. I think I think, therefore I am philosophically exempt of having my solipsistic side indicted for contempt. I quibble when I mean to make a clearly concise assertion, and compromise the flow of thought, unnecessarily, with insertion. I slather silly syllogisms like tar over the text to elevate and obfuscate the point I’m making next; and when it comes to standing firm on firmly founded facts, I’ll stick a supposition in that has me stumbling back. I try to be all things at once, but nothing noted twice before; for when you’ve deconstructed me, you’ll see that I’m much less, not more.

Michael Orlock is a retired high school teacher currently residing in Sturgeon Bay.

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