Love in the Age of Simulated Reality

Emily Stokes


He says give me fantasy or give me death.

            Let me turn a corner without really

turning a corner. [twisted neck_oil eyes]

            Let me bathe in the blue light

until I’m warm. [static wife_buzzing rib]

            He says he’s found comfort

                          in a world [pause]

                          within a world. [float]

                                                 Says it’s kind of like  

falling in love.



Emily Stokes received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and currently serves as the Managing Editor for Madcap Review. Her work has appeared in SLICE Magazine, The Westchester Review, PANK, and the Toadlily Press Quarto Series. She currently lives, works, and writes in Philadelphia, where her first full-length manuscript is crashing on the couch and looking for a small press to call its home.

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