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Sonnet: Man, The Self-Made Monster

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Sonnet: Man, The Self-Made Monster

by John Kendall Hawkins


The real irony often neglected

about the monster Mary Shelley made

is the body parts that came together

as form and function encased in leather

had been sleepy deep-sixed, to call a spade

a spade, then bzzzzt they intersected

in a proto-consciousness, dead or alive,

depending on how you look at such things --

an early AI? Lurch? Herr Doktor's pure

alter ego: demi-god and cocksure?

It's a new morning, and look what it brings:

armies of the dead in a monster hive.

Mary's doctor was the real Frankenstein,

but did we listen? Oh well, never mind.

(Article changed on Jul 13, 2021 at 9:50 PM EDT)

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