The Box
by Eric Otto

The familiar nerve
tightened and twanged.
He grew back a little, expected
stones to come flying out of the box,
could feel that this was something
different. But he just had to look inside.
He squinted in,
looked down at the water

SOURCE: “The Box” by Eric Otto is based on page 41 of The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett (Ballantine, 1955,1974).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Eric Otto‘s poems have recently appeared in A Hundred Gourds, Red River Review, Scifaikuest, Stymie, Word Riot, and other places. Two of his poems received honorable mentions in The Found Poetry Review‘s 2013 Dog-Ear Poetry Contest. He is an associate professor of environmental humanities at Florida Gulf Coast University.