by Lee Clark Zumpe

ghost serpent of Mars
slain by banished Cadmus:
          now, a distant, hazy shimmer
              of your former self --
poor, toothless old wyrm,
host to Khufu’s precious Thuban:
your scattered daggers
              spawned the first sons of Thebes.

Copyright © 2003, Lee Clark Zumpe
Draco, the Dragon

Draco, the Drago
by Johannes Hevelius

Lee Clark Zumpe discovered long ago that using the written word to spin yarns and evoke emotions is both a challenging and a rewarding enterprise. The author's zeal for writing led him to college after several misspent years where he recently earned a Bachelor's Degree in Professional and Technical Writing. In his spare time, Lee is an avid reader of speculative fiction, and a confessed bibliomaniac with an ever-expanding private library.

Since his first sale to Nocturnal Lyric in 1992, more than 200 of Lee's short stories and poems have been published in magazines and anthologies in North America, England, and Australia. Most recently, his work appeared in the pages of Wicked Hollow, Lunatic Chameleon, and Voicings from the High Country. Look for Lee in upcoming issues of Star*Line, Weird Tales, and Mythic Delirium. In January 2003, Anxiety Publications published Lee’s first chapbook of poetry titled An Invisible Shimmer. Lee lives on the west coast of Florida with his wife, artist Tracey Potter Zumpe, and four feline muses purportedly descended from the cats of Ulthar. Visit Lee's website at: http://blindside.net/leeclarkzumpe/.

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