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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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Adam's Sin

He spent all night in the bars
getting directions
from the sailors.

He was making a map of Creation.

The sailors told him Eden
was the navel
of the world.
But Adam didn't
understand: he wasn't
born attached to anything.

So he cut a hole where
his navel should have been
and bled oceans until
he was empty.

In the Ark of his body
he rocked alone.