Mark Young – 2 poems


A line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Last night, from a
small hill at the back of
Higashi-Okazaki station,
NASA launched, at

one minute intervals,
five small rockets in
order to make a
delicious five-minute 

ice cream.  After nearly
25 years in prison
earthquake preparation
has finally become

a normal part of life
for the abstract sciences,
along with free canoeing
& the use of bicycles.


Fort Worth

Not quite your
local drugstore,
more like a
CGI gulag, but
the Texas
Rangers’ PX
Store is well-
supplied with 

exclusive couture 
fashion & body 
jewelry in surgical 
steel & provides 
a unique shopping 
experience where
the weekend just 
flies right by.



Mark Young has been publishing poetry for nearly fifty-five years. His work has been widely anthologized, & his essays & poetry translated into a number of languages. He is the author of more than twenty books, primarily poetry but also including speculative fiction & art history. He is the editor of the ezine Otoliths, & lives on the Tropic of Capricorn in Australia. Recent work has appeared or is to appear in Moria, Fact-Simile, The Last Vispo Anthology, Eccolinguistics, Cricket Online Review, 3 a.m., E·ratio, Cordite, Quarter After, & BlazeVOX amongst other places.








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gobbet is a literary magazine dedicated to publishing the very best experimental poetry and prose. Intellectual perversity and explorations of dark themes are positively encouraged. We are only interested in work that is progressively experimental. We want to see risks, and we want to see them pay. No previously published work. Prose should not be longer than 1000 words. There are always exceptions. Send 3-5 poems. Include a short bio. Send submissions to Work will be published every 5-10 days. We also intend to publish anthologies of selected work published in gobbet. We will do our best to reply promptly. Most submissions will receive a decision within a month.
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