Robert S. King

Robert S. King lives in Athens, GA, where he serves on the board of FutureCycle Press and edits the literary journal Good Works Review. His poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, including Atlanta Review, California Quarterly, Chariton Review, Hollins Critic, Kenyon Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review. He has published eight poetry collections, most recently Diary of the Last Person on Earth (Sybaritic Press 2014) and Developing a Photograph of God (Glass Lyre Press, 2014). Another poetry collection, Messages from Multiverses, is forthcoming in 2020 from Duck Lake Books. His personal website is

Alternate Reality



My shadow is a shell

of my other self

who sees me as his shadow,

his other self.


We act alike but not the same.

Clouds erase us both.

Light only casts more shadows,

more doubts, outlines of all that is

and all that could have been.

In this land of division,

our souls shred in the eye’ s prism,

and nothing, it seems,

can put us together again.



Darkness Shaping Light


For now it flickers,

the porchlight left on

for the return of our souls.


We fear the bulb may crack

in the weight of darkness,

and not that far away

the lighthouse pulse

grows dimmer,

its revolution slowing down,

ghost ships in the night

wailing blindly for shore,

the light from our eyes

not bright enough

to lead them home