Christopher Brean Murray
Crimes of the Future

Parking an opinion in cyberspace without a permit.


Listening to an unorthodox symphony.


Raising your voice to the representative of a transnational corporation.


Planting seeds in unapproved soil.


Laughing at a masterpiece in public.


Ingesting “freelance berries” picked at a mountain pass.


Looking someone too intently in the eye.


Sketching a beardless Jesus.


Copulating under a cloudburst in a windstorm.


Mimicking the voice of a newscaster.


Quitting a job everyone agrees you should keep.


Conversing meanderingly for several hours on a weekday.


Commiserating with the enemy’s losses.


Goose-stepping through a graveyard in autumn.


Stroking the hair of a good-looking child.


Insinuating the limitations of science.


Kissing a foreigner at a time of war.


Taking up a musical instrument after the age of thirty.


Talking to a dog as if it were a human.


Drinking water directly from a lake or stream.


Hoarding tracts of undeveloped land.


Spreading rumors about a theme park.


Forgetting to take your medication.


Remembering the failures of your nation.


Burning the biography of a decorated historian.


Making unverifiable predictions.



Found In Volume 51, No. 05
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About the Author

Christopher Brean Murray is the author of Black Observatory, which was selected by Dana Levin as the winner of the 2021-22 Jake Adam York Prize. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bennington ReviewColorado ReviewDenver QuarterlyNew Ohio ReviewQuarterly WestWashington Square Review, and other journals. He lives in Houston.