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'IN THE REALM OF REANIMATION' by Paul Edward Costa



The realm of reanimation

touches reassembled monsters

and stuffed animals

sewn back together

with sparks of violent fury


but teddy bears and their kin

twist rusted garden tools

into a victim’s flesh

with more malice

than monstrosities

who remember what it was like

when they were hunted down,


who aren’t haunted

by torturous memories

of lives

once warm

with adoration.




Copyright. Paul Edward Costa.


Paul Edward Costa is a writer, teacher, spoken word artist, and the 2019-2021 Poet Laureate of Mississauga. He’s featured in many poetry reading series and has published over 60 poems and stories in literary journals worldwide. His fiction collection "God Damned Avalon" is available from Mosaic Press and his poetry book "The Long Train of Chaos" was published by Kung Fu Treachery Press. He's also won the Mississauga Arts Council's 2019 MARTY Award for Emerging Literary Arts. Links:

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/PaulEdwardCosta/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/PaulEdwardCosta

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paul.edward.costa/

Twitter: @paul_e_costa



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