One Prose Poem and One Poem

by Mark Young 

A line from Ada Lovelace

The gravitational force of
some stars means collectors
of raw information may have
trouble sleeping. Such a

theory has to answer two
questions—are the gravitational
waves energetic & plentiful? &,
is the power of your passion

what logicians would refer to
as a three-step process? I visited
a psychic. A smidgen of drama-
turgy is occasionally inevitable.

the veil drops

A master terrorist autographed by Newt Gingrich is hiding somewhere in a herd of elephants.

This provokes a dissonance that involves political parties, sport footwear outlets, a trip to & from Campá, the insatiability of consumerism, Washington’s alliances in the Middle East, a text in deep charcoal, being led in mock triumph through the streets of Rome, the occasional American alt-rocker group, the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, & an odd optimism, as well as more than three million pages of digitized New Zealand newspapers.

On one of those pages, approximately two million, five hundred in—which puts it at the beginning of the 1990s—a precursor to clickbait claims that a herd of elephants, autographed by a master terrorist, may be hiding somewhere within Newt Gingrich.


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 around 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 Mineral Terpsichore & Ley Lines, both from gradient books of Finland, & The Chorus of the Sphinxes, from Moria Books in Chicago.  A new collection, some more strange meteorites, is due out from Meritage & i.e. Press, California / New York, in early 2017.
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