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Athena’s Dream: An Epic Poem by Corey Toomey

Beasts wide-eyed roaming within a jaded havenBlackbird feathers raining from a wintry heaven Caws so shrill and gnaws that kill, the nocturne to Athena's DreamA smile in the darkness, the prelude to Athena's Dream Sauna at dawn, amidst a graveyard's mistSo high her arrow, falling with pointed thristWhetstone sparks and brimstone bricksSailing a lily upon … Continue reading Athena’s Dream: An Epic Poem by Corey Toomey

Knives Out and its BRILLIANT Political Satire

Knives Out is arguably the most groundbreaking whodunit released this century. Granted, it's a bit early to tell. Benoit Blanc has yet to cement his legacy in other entries or media. Hercule Poirot's got a one-century head start on him. Sherlock's got two. Last time, I laid out how the film's plot inventively subverted murder … Continue reading Knives Out and its BRILLIANT Political Satire

How Knives Out SHATTERS Murder Mystery Conventions

Knives Out, Rian Johnson's 2019 offering, is a surpsingly entertaining whodunit with immense rewatch value. It's also a superbly crafted film that upended conventions. And...it somehow made detective fiction cool again. Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle are long gone, so...high time to inject the genre with new blood! Enter Rian Johnson and his unorthodox … Continue reading How Knives Out SHATTERS Murder Mystery Conventions

Machine Queen: A Poem by Corey Toomey

Machine Queen with a keyless ignitionA heart metallic by aortic incision Chromium womb, ice to the touchMammary plate, rigid to the clutchStainless steel, clean of lover’s prints,A regal android who aborted a prince From within is the child weanedA ghostly child inside the machineFrom without is the child withoutUprooted is this downward sprout Ducts leaking … Continue reading Machine Queen: A Poem by Corey Toomey