NSFW Poem About Pluto Blows Up Twitter

New Horizons Image of Pluto

Some would argue the greatest art is forged from current events. Yesterday, we discovered that to be very much true.

Well, kind of. The art in question, a poem by Fatima Asghar titled "Pluto Shits On The Universe," rose in popularity on social media in response to NASA's New Horizons probe flying by the former (and possibly current) planet. So technically, the work wasn't created in response to current events, but it did add a bit of raunchy humor to the already joyous event.

Here are some highlights of Asghar's poem, which is written in first-person from Pluto's perspective (and remember, this is NSFW):

I chaos like a motherfucker. Ain't no one can
chart me...

Fuck your moon. Fuck your solar system. 
Fuck your time. Your year? Your year ain't
shit but a day to me...

My name means hell, bitch. I am hell, bitch. All the cold
you have yet to feel. Chaos like a motherfucker.

It's hard to say who linked to the poem first, but it soon spread throughout Twitter, with exuberant love from writers Gwenda Bond, Kat Howard and Maria Dahvana Headley, as well as submissions manager extraordinaire Submittable. For a grander look at just how big this poem got last night, try this Google search for "twitter pluto shits on the universe."

You can read Asghar's poem in full over at Poetry Magazine's website. Seriously, do it. It's well worth the click. As the aforementioned Dahvana Headley stated after reading it, "I die of happiness now."

Also, check out this video of Asghar performing "Pluto Shits On The Universe" live.

Christopher Shultz

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Christopher Shultz writes weird, dark fiction. His stories have appeared both online and in print, including most recently in Apex Magazinefreeze frame flash fiction and Grievous Angel. In addition to LitReactor, he has also written for Ranker.comCultured Vultures and Tor.com. At times, he dabbles in digital art and photography. Christopher lives in Oklahoma City with his fiancée Lauren and their two mostly well-behaved cats. More info at christophershultz.com.

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