Category Archives: Pocket Universes

The Thing, A Sci-Fi Lullaby

“The Thing, A Sci-fi Lullaby” by Kent Gutschke For Henry Kuttner, Charles T. Webb, and my dog, Rusty   As the funny-shaped thing zips into view— Zigging now zagging past Bill’s Greasy Spoon, Earl roosts on his porch with his old, brown dog, Sipping corn liquor, his brain in a fog.   Earl and his dog […]

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Haiku (August 1993)

I once bought a book on haiku and took a liking to Buson’s poetry. Buson was both painter and poet and as such, had a sharp eye. His haiku inspired me to write this on a brutal Summer day as I watch heat radiating off the highway. I think rather than using the traditional line […]

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The Conquerors of Time

When the treadmill goes forward, positive radiation is released—and that sends me into the future! —The Flash from “The Conquerors of Time” no 125, December 1961     Somewhere there exists a strange pair of glasses.  The glasses neither protect the eyes nor correct the vision; they do undo the workings of your mind that […]

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Dreams by the Dead Seas of Mars

“Monsters, John!  Monsters from the Id!” —Lt.  ‘Doc’ Ostrow, Forbidden Planet   My dreams are dreams of an unbearable heat, forged in the arid and attenuated atmosphere of Mars and tempered in the deep recesses of Olympos Mons—a place where old minds give birth to old patterns of an alien logic—where strange thoughts rise from red […]

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Haiku (August 2005)

While I think the 5-7-5 structure of haiku best suits its native language of Japanese, a small kite helplessly caught in some power lines inspired me to compose this haiku.

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The Man with the Stereo Pants

First published May, 4, 2008 Years ago I flirted with cut up engines.  Like all flirting, it was short lived, but did produce one short piece from the experiments.  The result is something that’s reminiscent of So I Married An Axe Murder or the Hep Cat beatniks from Pee Wee’s Playhouse.  So when you read […]

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The Sensitive Man

Aphorisms have a prominent place in the long history of world literature, and many of my favorite writers – Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, and Montaigne – wrote them. They pose a particular challenge since the writer must combine clarity of insight with brevity.

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Bedrock Time Slip

This piece was part of a series where I would re-imagine my morning commute in order to practice writing every day.  I would arrive at work fifteen minutes early and begin writing.  At first I had little trouble finishing them in fifteen minutes, but as they became more ambitious, I would post them in the […]

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Some Kind of Life

On a California highway parallel to our here and now, Philip K. Dick and Horselover Fat rocket towards a bookstore in sunny San Diego in search of Amazing Stories.   ©2012 Kent Gutschke.  All rights reserved.

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Helvetica b. 1957

Knowing I have an interest in typography, a friend suggested I watch Helvetica.  I did and afterwards I had a brainwave.  This is the product of that brainwave.

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Tales From the Rapid Eye (The Poet)

This is a piece was inspired by a dream, and the poet is a guest speaker in that dream down to the details.  It also is a part of a yet unfinished, larger composition.

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If This Were an Actual Emergency . . .

My second attempt at Flash Fiction.  This is based on an actual conversation I had with my friend, Bill, in 1999.

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Tales From the Rapid Eye (Apocrypha)

As a child, I often wondered about the Last Judgement and at times, dreamed how we might relive our sins through the wonder of television.  And yes, the afterlife is wireless.

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