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Author of queer, wry sci fi/fantasy books. On Amazon.
Editor of all fiction genres.

Monday 2 January 2023

for you page :)

I'm slightly above average at a handful of things
Not good enough for brilliance but 
Too good to ignore
In an era where skills must be monetized 
But the effort of monetizing work is a hidden burden 
Lurking behind a hill, blotting out a sunset
I'm coming to hate my art

I can string bright glowing glass and sparkling stones 
With iridescent shells to make a necklace 
It's not good enough
I can knit fluffy soothing yarn or soft chenille or 
Perky daring colorful novelty fibers into
Improbably cosy sweaters 
It's not good enough
I weave descriptions and worlds from dust 
And imagined shadows into aching glory
It's not good enough
I can sing trembling lines of poetry and melody
from silence and stillness into colour
It's not good enough

To survive under capitalism 
What happened to the starry future skies 
We used to dream up,
With mechanized wonders and lives of leisure 
And brilliant new attractions and follies
Everything is either popular, for rich people, or carefully faked

I hate my art because
I'm not famous on tiktok
Because at some point art has started to feel like
Palliative care for the soul 

And regardless of skill 
I'm too ugly to go viral 


A writer and professional freelance editor, Michelle Browne lives in Lethbridge, AB with her partners-in-crime and their cats. She is currently working on the next books in her series, other people's manuscripts, knitting, jewelry-making, and drinking as much tea as humanly possible.

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