Mark Young

the detection of terrorists

The eye-ball of the urano-
scope, une variété de poisson
rouge très fragile, is used by
the internet to detect pat-
terns in the language of
dogs in order to tell which

puppies will become good
sniffers. The eye-ball is not
ciliated, is retractile, as is
usual in the genus. Its
linguistic software is avail-
able for free download as a

PDF file; but caution must be
maintained to avoid hypo-
thermia in the elderly. The
synonym we use now is
the term “adulteration.” For
children, substitute “adulation.”


In a Bangkok bar

A flock of geese in
silent protest. The
balcony at dawn.

His question angered
her. Something about
an old brass fitting.

She was no good at
driving. The para-
medics arrived first.


Years of accumulated distrust

Confinement would never suffice
as a punishment. There was no
next of kin, too many competing
foreign interests. Her body craved
nicotine. She smiled to herself. Only
a short time remained. The light-
house keeper appeared from behind
the stables. He was a parody of
an islander. The upshot was
some kind of ultimatum. An
unusual number of complaints.


duplex protectorates

The SnapPower Guidelight —
family owned & operated
since 1977 — contains, in

addition to a collection of pre-
owned footwear, several
U.S. Military installations as

well as the ancient Central Asian
khanate of Bukhara. All pro-
ducts are in excellent condition.








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 over 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. His most recent books are Ley Lines & bricolage, both from gradient books of Finland, The Chorus of the Sphinxes, from Moria Books in Chicago, & some more strange meteorites, from Meritage & i.e. Press, California / New York.