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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Robert Perchan's poetry chapbooks are Mythic Instinct Afternoon (2005 Poetry West Prize) and Overdressed to Kill (Backwaters Press, 2005 Weldon Kees Award). His poetry collection Fluid in Darkness, Frozen in Light won the 1999 Pearl Poetry Prize and was published by Pearl Editions in 2000. His avant-la-lettre flash novel Perchan's Chorea: Eros and Exile (Watermark Press, Wichita, 1991) was translated into French and published by Quidam Editeurs (Meudon) in 2002. In 2007 his short short story "The Neoplastic Surgeon" won the on-line Entelechy: Mind and Culture Bio-fiction Prize. He currently resides in Pusan, South Korea. You can see some of his stuff on

Robert Perchan

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Fuzzy Logic of Madness

The human braincase is the lint trap of the swirling mind. Wish Wash Wish Wash Wish Wash Wish. Fifteen hundred cubic centimeters of compacted gray fibers connected God-knows-how to God-knows-what. As pure a product of agitated randomness as the lobes on a cloud. Of course, like the washing machine in your basement, sooner or later every analogy breaks down. Usually it's the bearings and thus the balance. Then in rush the freshly laundered simulacra in their white coats and starched caps. And the blind flight headlong into dark pockets of refuge.