Three Poems

by Mark Young

A line from Kirsten Kaschock

Hand-selected by a personal
curator, my children are
asleep, unimpressed by the
theatrical production. They

thought the rest of this scene
was going to be montage—a
fast collage of health-conscious
gift baskets, method-acted or

with, perhaps, some ritualized
pattern; an Indian father who
buried his ten-year-old
daughter alive because he had

always wanted a son. Some-
thing more like fear was
interred with his fathers. There’s
one man too many in this

room—what a Marxist response!
Look at Chicolini! Took all
his old man’s wealth deep
into the forest & buried it there.

The Coming

Of all things to hear
on this night when owls
put out their eyes &
bats go blindly through
the onyx rock garden—
the sound of The Battle
Hymn of the Republic
sung by an a cappella
group, coming up from

the Rugby Club. Mine
eyes have seen. Out
of nowhere, coming
after a night of songs
of a time, of a type.
Bobby Don’t be a Hero.
Nashville City Limits.
Mind eyes. So many
possible scenarios. Is

somebody else lost
tonight, wandered in
off the street, forced to
sing for their supper?
Eyes, mind, measuring
the distance between the
door & where they are,
the number of people
in between. What will

cover it most quickly?
A battle hymn that has
no battle in it the way it’s
sung? Mined eyes between
the people & the door. The
number sung. Falls quiet.
Is sung again. One chorus
of it. Mine eyes have
seen the glory. Silence.

a number of classroom experiments

Ice cream bingo is
a cool biological process,
breaks down fats in
the body along with any
saunas or incandescent
light bulbs. Takes Europe
towards ruin as it tends
to clump just like any

recipe can. To loosen,
simply add some very
diluted red gelatin
solution to the mixture.
Then press, dry, & fire
at 1315°C in a furnace.

Mark Young’s most recent books are Bandicoot habitat & lithic typology, both from gradient books of Finland. An e-book, The Holy Sonnets unDonne has just come out from Red Ceilings Press, & another e-book, For the Witches of Romania, is due out from Beard of Bees.

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