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From Mythic Delirium, Issue 27, Winter/Spring 2012
 

 


Sonnet 20: From Nikola Tesla’s Clockwork
Assistant to Thomas Edison’s Automaton

 

Ken Liu

 

Illustration by Don Eaves and Terrence Mollendor,  © 2012. First appeared in Mythic Delirium 27.

Illustration by Don Eaves and Terrence Mollendor, © 2012.
First appeared in Mythic Delirium 27.


 

A master smith created your clockwork heart, My love, and your steel shell and amber eyes. With gears and wires he practiced his dark art, Gave you motion, sense, passion, made you wise. An automaton, you are smarter than The Mechanical Turk, stronger than John Henry, who beat the steam hammer. No man Nor woman can resist you: all switch on. You were made for alternating current, Till Edison, meeting you, craved your frame, Bought you, wired you for his direct current. We can’t reconnect, rekindle our flame. Though he makes you live at a constant volt, Ten times a second, let our hearts revolt.

 

 

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“Sonnet 20: From Nikola Tesla’s Clockwork Assistant to Thomas Edison’s Automaton” first appeared in Mythic Delirium, Issue 27, Summer/Fall 2012. “Sonnet 20: From Nikola Tesla’s Clockwork Assistant to Thomas Edison’s Automaton” copyright © 2012 by Ken Liu. This poem may not be reproduced in any form without the author’s express written permission.