gigantic mountains

By Brandon Scott Gorrell b. 1984 Brandon Scott Gorrell
when aliens come to the earth

they will land on top of gigantic mountains

they will see the people everywhere

each alien will communicate telepathically with another alien

on the opposite side of the sphere

that is its clone and itself at the same time

like an atom in quantum physics

the same alien in two places at once

and this multiplied by millions

on top of gigantic mountains

'the strategy is to destroy humans'

each alien will tell itself and its clone

humans will understand this strategy once

the killing started, immediately happening

in two places on opposite ends of the world at

once, an alien and itself

murdering two humans by looking at their faces

then that happening repeatedly or something

for some amount of time

the humans falling over and their faces hitting the pavement

or the carpet, or the grass

or the side of a coffee table

on some dog shit


there will be resistance

soldiers on all parts of the earth will fight with lasers

citizen militias will hold resistance meetings

a resistance against death

a no-death resistance

a movement for death later

a movement for a different, still-uncontrollable death

'humans don't want to die this way'

will be their manifesto, one sheet of paper

or a piece of cardboard or something


there will be humans in basements looking at each other

wandering, solitary humans that want more to find another human than to avoid dying

solitary, severely depressed and/or enlightened humans that commit suicide by seeking out alien faces and looking at them; these humans may feel happy inside an insane nervous breakdown

humans that kill other humans because they feel insane

humans that sit in a corner, feeling extremely small, maybe considering intense killing rampages/some indefinable, positive emotion for humanity

humans that watch tv, use the internet to read the newspaper, and drive their cars around; they will be motionless on couches with their eyes open


the fish and insects and trees

will have the ocean and the forest

pretty sure they won't care

Brandon Scott Gorrell, "gigantic mountains" from During My Nervous Breakdown I Want to Have a Biographer Present. Copyright © 2009 by Brandon Scott Gorrell.  Reprinted by permission of Muumuu House.

Source: During My Nervous Breakdown I Want to Have a Biographer Present (Muumuu House, 2009)

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Poet Brandon Scott Gorrell b. 1984

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Mythology & Folklore, Ghosts & the Supernatural

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Poet, novelist, and blogger Brandon Scott Gorrell grew up in Harrisburg and Salt Lake City, where he received a degree in psychology from the University of Utah.
Influenced by Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Yates, and Andy Warhol, Gorrell composes accessible prose poems around themes of alienation, sex, and identity. His involvement with online social networking sites and blogging can be seen as an extension of his postmodern . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Mythology & Folklore, Ghosts & the Supernatural

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

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