Vampires in Love
Our love glitters inside us: veins strung with lights like secret Yule trees while we rage for blood: the hunger of Vampire bats, living in the delicious heart of Halloween still with the Christmas spirit of giving, offering our necks, mouths, and bodies to each other as presents and tricks or treats, dressed up in the kinky costumes of our passions that frighten little children who come to our door asking for the gifts of candy behind love’s scary masks.
Clowns Showing Teeth
All the malls have certainly changed, full of rubbish, screaming children, and sinister clowns, baring their teeth between pale red lips, watching me, mockingly, intently, like pinkly-bewigged gangs at twilight loitering with murderous intent. Obviously clowns are not what they used to be: death mask make-up slathered on like sour pie cream, no craft, no art, not much color, all sweating something foul like spoiled, greasy butter. The circus is over, the masks are off, but the face of Bozo still grins into his dressing room mirror while coldly loading his revolver.
The Faltering Circus
Aged feet shuffling in front of each other without (their children hope) falling: wobbly as if on a tightrope, poised on knotty varicose veins, hovering above the breathlessly erect crowd where every spectator in this faltering circus is finally a ghostly performer.
Thomas White has a triple identity: speculative fiction writer, poet, and essayist. His poems, fiction, and essays have appeared in online and print literary journals and magazines in Australia, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He is also a Wiley-Blackwell Journal author who has contributed essays to various nonliterary journals on topics ranging from atheism, the meaning of Evil, Elon Musk, Plato, The Matrix, and reality as a computer simulation. The Encyclopedia Britannica selected one of his previously published essays on Hannah Arendt, Adolph Eichmann, and the “Banality of Evil” for inclusion on its website, Britannica.com.
In addition, he has presented three of his essays to the West Chester University Poetry Conference (West Chester, Pennsylvania), as well as read his poetry on Australian radio. His poetry collection Ghostly Pornographers, published by Weasel Press/Sinister Stoat Press, is available on Kindle and through the publisher’s website.