Poetry from Mark Young

the benefits of technology


Determined to honor the

father she never knew, a

polaron & a soliton lattice —

sort of the homely under-

dogs of the whale world —

were included as special

cases. So that the dangers

of non-lethal blast waves


on the same or the following

day wouldn’t affect any

other relevant products, she

added a silly dance track —

directed toward a retirement

investment in the stock market—

that had finally gotten some

traction earlier in the year.


drowning calling


a knife all blade

an endless mystery

an unheard-of incident

not months but moments


can by & far more

end up melancholy

& fatalistic can retrain

become guest judges


to become a part of

our reality shows

which have become

a part of our reality


& deepen the mystery

a kind of wild justice


a high end sports drink


Assiduity is a core dimension

of appropriate intervention, en-

courages her to be either an

anonymous maker of perfect

pianos or the force & inspiration

behind the carbs & electrolytes

of a natural hair color. This

discipline stems from the appli-


cation of theological biology,

which, even without its spiritual

leader, promotes an inflexible

dogma that favors totalitarian rule

& the need to perform repeated

rotations around arbitrary points.


Mark Young lives in a small town in North Queensland in Australia, & has been publishing poetry for almost sixty years. He is the author of around forty-five 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. His most recent books are les échiquiers effrontés, a collection of surrealist visual poems laid out on chessboard grids, published by Luna Bisonte Prods, & The Word Factory: a miscellany, from gradient books of Finland. Due for publication are Residual sonnets from Ma Books, & an e-book, A Vicarious Life — the backing tracks, from otata.

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