In most journals, you might find one or two short short poems, which is just enough to stick out like some kind of deformed oddity. But DASH has adopted enough of these little orphans to create a sense of belonging. You end up not questioning the appearance of two or three line poems and just accepting them unconditionally, for who they are.
My poem in this issue is a sprawling thirteen line epic with an even more gargantuan title, "Do Androids Dream of Electronically-Deposited Unemployment Checks?"
My title is a mutation of Philip K. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?" which was the source material for the 1982 classic Sci-Fi film, Blade Runner. There was a deleted scene that was restored for the Director's Cut, in which Harrison Ford's character has a brief unicorn dream and I found it haunting enough to stay with me, over the years. Fortunately, it proved useful when I was in need of a title for that poem.
Now that I think about it, that entire movie is wonderfully poetic. If you need anymore proof, here is the classic Rutger Hauer rooftop monologue, recreated with Legos:
Some of my highlights on the first read-through, include a couple of wonderful poems by Howie Good and an interview feature with Brendan Constantine ("Surrealism is just part of the super-associative nature of societal thought. It begins in the para-consciousness of infancy and if you're lucky enough to be poorly supervised, it becomes instinct."). I also love the art feature/interview for Tara McPherson.