Mark Young – 2 poems


ekphrasis in a time of war

Should Baroness Thatcher be tried as a war criminal?

She desperately wanted to be a cowgirl; but she talked too much, so she turned to journalism. Now retired, she devotes her time to writing poetry. She emphasizes the disconnections between the roses in her complexion & her own body. Her body is not painted on.

Sometimes she strays a little too far in the other direction. A further defect is undoubtedly the inconsistency of her refrains. They have started to die, one section at a time. Her world is being transformed even more rapidly. Intoxication is in the air, every day is an age, she distinguishes each by color. Shoe salesmen surround & serenade her. It is a samurai tradition.

Her life ends as it starts, a smorgasbord of violent photos, triggers for narration, toxic in character, interpreting the experiences of Italian prisoners building Nissen huts on a remote Scottish island. She has remade the land in her own image.

If the answer is yes then what does that say about the meaning of symbols across time?



A line from Andrew Jackson

That world class pro-
duction team, Airline
Assiduity, are best
known for their early

work in capturing each
droplet of steam that came
off during a Madonna
concert & wrapping

it in flaky pastry. Blood
must sometimes be spilled;
but the outcome of reusing
it for drinking water can

be an enjoyable online
experience. Discretion is
often the key. Why not
become a Yoga teacher? 



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. A new e- & hardcopy book, Rebuilding the Submarine, will soon be out from Quarter After Press.

He is the editor of the ezine Otoliths, & lives on the Tropic of Capricorn in Australia.




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