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by Gary William Crawford

The creation eludes me.
I don't know if it will
be a man or a monster.
I've studied a lifetime,
yet I stand, terrified, before it.
The spark of life,
I fear, is waning.
When will the lightning
of artistry strike?
When can I write a poem
that is a living man?
Isn't the man myself?
Are not creator
And creation one?
The answer is nothing more
than another question.

© 2004 Gary William Crawford

Gary Crawford is the author of two books of poetry, Poems of the Divided Self and In Shadow Lands, and the short story collection Gothic Fevers. I have published works of literary scholarship and criticism, such as Ramsey Campbell, J. Sheridan Le Fanu: A Bio-Bibliography, and Robert Aickman: An Introduction. He is also the founder and editor of Gothic Press (http://www.gothicpress.com/.)

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