Size / / /

"And so other births, which because they have either a superfluity
or a defect, or because they are very much deformed, are called
monstrosities, shall at the resurrection be restored to the normal
shape of man." — St. Augustine, The Enchiridion

Arise, says the voice more powerful

than thunder. Arise and be well.

Suddenly, deep within my catacomb

of glass, I wake from the slumber

of ages.

My lungs, no longer seared

by aqua vitae,

draw fresh quotients

of air.

My unorthodox limbs—now trimmed

back—are steady beneath,

and I take a few steps, stunned to realize

that he-who-once-shared

this queer body with me has disappeared.

No longer do I scuttle, and a jar-held

reflection confirms my

worst fear.

If grotesquely beautiful,

I am now half the monster I used

to be.

Outside, the world burns in a new light,

but we ex-terata are oddly sheltered

from the flames, like saints in some

cathedral of snow.

As we proceed en masse from

the Hall of Curiosities—we once

and former cyclopes, disomi,

and sirenomeloids—

we're afraid to look down

at our shadows,

but for the first times in our bleak lives

know hope.

And if, as a strident few proclaim,

Heaven turns out to be

just another gulag, with normalcy

for shackles?

These we dismember and eat

on the long trip home.




Robert Borski works for a consortium of elves repairing shoes in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. You can read more of his work in our archives.
Current Issue
6 Apr 2020

See, I tell my students, the happy life requires wisdom.
By: Elizabeth Crowe
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Elizabeth Crowe's “The Pride of Salinkari.”
Pom-pom balls attached to yarn, growing like millions of dandelion seed-heads waving in a field.
By: Shuyi Yin
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Shuyi Yin
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents Shuyi Yin's “Growing Chair,” with a reading by the poet.
By: Nome Emeka Patrick
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents Nome Emeka Patrick's “naked” from the March 23 issue of Strange Horizons.
Wednesday: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir 
Issue 30 Mar 2020
By: Jason P Burnham
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Tara Calaby
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Kaily Dorfman
By: Camille Louise Goering
By: Brian Beatty
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Kaily Dorfman
Podcast read by: Brian Beatty
Issue 23 Mar 2020
Issue 16 Mar 2020
By: Lisa Nan Joo
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Jenny Thompson
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
100 African Writers of SFF - Part Fifteen: Ghana
Issue 9 Mar 2020
By: Leah Bobet
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Emily Smith
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 2 Mar 2020
By: Innocent Chizaram Ilo
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Cam Kelley
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
By: Dante Luiz
Art by: DAPENHA
Issue 24 Feb 2020
By: Mayra Paris
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 17 Feb 2020
By: Priya Sridhar
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: E. F. Schraeder
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 10 Feb 2020
By: Shannon Sanders
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
Issue 3 Feb 2020
By: Ada Hoffmann
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: S.R. Tombran
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Load More
%d bloggers like this: