Poems

The Golem

Mud thou art, and unto mud shalt thou return. Unless, that is, you’re reckless enough to think you can transform yourself.

William Shunn
2 min readJul 28, 2023

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This poem was first performed at the New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island, July 29, 2017, and was subsequently published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, September/October 2018.

A large mud creature sits watching television in a dimly lit room full of plants.
The golem at home. (Illustration generated with Bing Image Creator.)

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William Shunn

Writer, poet and puzzle maker. Hugo and Nebula Award finalist. Author of The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary. He/him/Bill.