The Book of Johns by Bernadette McComish

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The Book of Johns by Bernadette McComish

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Bernadette McComish is Tallula Rossa. Tallula is a fortuneteller and a medium, and to her, you’re just a John. In Tallula’s world, everyone is a John, regardless if they are a woman, a ghost, or the president…especially if they're the president.

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Bernadette McComish earned an M.F.A. in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence, and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Hunter College. Her poetry has appeared in The Cortland Review, Sunday Salon, Hospital Drive, Slipstream, Storyscape, Rag Queen Periodical, Flapper House, DeLuge, and New Millennium Writers. She performs and tours with the Poetry Brothel and Poetry Society of New York curing one human at a time with words and glitter. She also teaches High School in Los Angeles.

Dr. Manhattan

Not a man of steel but of matter. They thought 
he was gone once, but Jon’s disembodied 
consciousness reassembled a blue body 
as if fixing a damaged watch.

His ability to disassemble 
sub atomic particles makes him
almost a god. But he finds no happiness 
in the power to see the future. Because 

he realizes tomorrow can not be 
changed, and yesterday is sure to be the same 
upon waking, the scientist, weapon, 
repairman becomes indifferent. His emotions 

split when he came as a witness to the light
that took him to pieces.