Mark Young: 3 poems

  Mark Young

  3 poems

  JPR 08

  Un aperçu does not a swallow make

The odalisque that peers
through the attic window
is jealous of me, even
though he has foie gras! I
make do with donkey
dung, or the tongues of
vipers, or an admonished
army advocate-general

trying to perceive the truth
of natural selection in every
review of the ranks. But each
is a singular meal when
served with the gentle music
towed in from across the bay.

  seaplane interference

Okapi have a tendency to
weathervane with the wind.

Their hostile radio signals
send messages to extra-

terrestrial civilizations. Be
prepared to be boarded.

  A line from Grandma Moses

Centralized leadership drives
the clouds away. I move outside
to experience the heartache, to
taste the viral infection causing

my battery to shortcircuit. Now
memory is history, & the Fitbit
is essentially useless. I double-
check the Bluetooth connection

to see if it is working correctly.
No joy. I think I’ll just give it to
my girlfriend since she walks a lot.
I’m throwing a hail mary here.


Mark Young lives in a small town in North Queensland, & has been publishing poetry for almost sixty years. He is the author of forty books, primarily text poetry but also including speculative fiction, vispo, & art history. His work has been widely anthologized, & his essays & poetry translated into a number of languages. Recent books include Mineral Terpsichore & Ley Lines, both from gradient books of Finland, & The Chorus of the Sphinxes, from Moria Books in Chicago. A new collection, some more strange meteorites, has just been released by Meritage & i.e. Press, California / New York. Mark Young’s most recent books are random salamanders, a Wanton Text Production, & Circus economies, from gradient books of Finland.


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