Humans of New York – Benjamin Blake


Back alley abortion clinics
The homeless man stabbed to death
And left to bleed out on the shit-stained street
A rape on a perfect summer’s day
The corner store cashier is beat with a sawn-off baseball bat
For trying to make a living
And meanwhile, somewhere far from the salty tang of the Atlantic
The soldier clutching the orphaned child to his chest is shot through the head
And another woman is stoned
Her skull smashed in with a hundred angry rocks
And left to the shoulders in sand
For the flies to lay their eggs


Benjamin Blake was born in 1985, and grew up in the small town of Eltham. He is the author of the novel, The Devil’s Children, and the poetry and prose collections, Southpaw Nightsand Reciting Shakespeare with the Dead, and Standing on the Threshold of Madness. Find more of his work at

Praise for Standing on the Threshold of Madness and Benjamin Blake 

“I was most impressed with Standing on the Threshold of Madness. These dark, brooding vignettes do far more than send a shudder up one’s spine (although they do that again and again, with elegance and panache). Benjamin Blake has found a way to infuse into his horrific lyrics a keen sensitivity to human emotions, an understanding of the fragility of life, and a bleak portrayal of the evanescence of all existence. This is a volume that aficionados of weird poetry will want to read over and over.”–S. T. Joshi

“Benjamin Blake relishes funereal lyricism with a spice of surrealism.” – Ramsey Campbell

“Language and imagery rule in this collection of dark visions. Blake has a distinctive voice, rich in surrealism, and he uses it to considerable effect.” – Bruce Boston, SFPA Grandmaster Poet

“A plethora of dark and haunting poems that could be likened to a bone chilling symphony overall!  Mood enhancing language that will curdle the blood, and excellent, original imagery!” – Marge Simon, Bram Stoker Award winning poet

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