Poetry: Mark Young

Mark Young
Profligacy

In the last
ten minutes
of the old 

year he wrote 
six 200-page 
novels but dis-

carded them
all in the first
minute of the

new because 
he couldn’t 
think of an

appropriate 
title for 
any of them.
***

Tourmaline

&

eigenvalues

& the
other

faint

shifts & drifts

that
transcribe
the
window

in
place

of
rain.
***

First / ph(r)ase of / a morning raga

Which side
of myself

do I de-
cide to

side with
today?
***


The birds 

in the tree 
so small I 

see them as
movement

rather than
substance.
***


Sorry, Elon

     Used copies of
marine erosion & 
     glaciation have 
rear spoilers to
     minimize the effects 
of turbulence from
     passing electric cars. 
***

Mark Young was born in New Zealand but now lives in a small town in North Queensland in Australia. He has been publishing poetry for more than sixty years, & is the author of around sixty books, primarily text poetry but also including speculative fiction, vispo, & art history. His most recent books are The Toast, from Luna Bisonte Prods, The Sasquatch Walks Among Us, from Sandy Press, & Songs to Come for the Salamander, Poems 2013-2021, selected & introduced by Thomas Fink, co-published by Meritage Press & Sandy Press.


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