Fathom 2002



Inside Cover




Kate Buttery (3)
Julie Perkins(5)
Jennifer Lyn Durkee (2)
Kirsten Horn
John W. Parker (2)
Elena Krasnova
Jonathan Samuel (3)
Sarah Riley
Melodie Umanetz
Olivia Brown and Jessica Young
Fergus J. O'Connor V, Esq. (2)
Gareth Robinson
Charles Ryan (2)
Solange Hupe (4)
Dani Anna Jansen (2)



Angela Pratt
Travis West


John Parker



At Middle Head, Cape Breton

The steel blue water
Strokes the jagged
Rocks soothingly.
The water moves with
A rippling motion,
Like some beast
Stirring, after
Centuries of slumber,
Breaking the carefully
Placed sunlight on
Its surface into
A million pieces.
My world feels far
Away, lost in the
Smells and sounds
Of the ocean.

Is this what you
Meant, Lord Byron,
In your Apostrophe?
Was this sensation
I feel here,
The true driving
Force behind your
Lines of florid poesy?
If so, then we
Finally understand
Each other.


The Mechanical Man

"If a person is like a machine, once you get a wiring diagram
of how he works, you can make copies,' Minsky told me."
-Grant Fjermedal, The Tomorrow Makers: A Brave New World of Living Brain Machines, 1986

"The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven."
-John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1667

Gears and microchips,
Silicon and wires,
That is all I am now.
My laughter is nothing
More than a dead echo
In my metal ears.

I have seen Rome, Paris and London
A thousand times.
I know every street,
Every structure.
They have lost their
In these false eyes.

I hardly remember
Why fall in
Love when you don't
Have to be afraid
Of dying alone?

This is not life.


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