Three Poems

by Mark Young

 abandoned measures to seize power

Conspiracy theorists
believe a UFO linked

to a well-known mining
magnate plunged into the

nearby river, split it into
five streams, & caused

coal mines to spread across
the surrounding country.

a gratuitous masquerade

Drones distribute mal-
ware via P2P file-
sharing networks. It’s
become the preferred
vector of cyber-criminals
who now & then appear
with incendiary references
to race & ethnicity, &

hope to escape detection
by posing as a sequel
to an almost forgotten
musical, remembered
only because Julie
Andrews starred in it.

A line from Genghis Khan

She was an assistant at
a veterinary clinic, looking
in The Mongolian Journal
of Yurt Topology at images

of the abuse of science,
when a human-animal
hybrid in a multi-pockets
vest, with game cartridges

& slide holder, walked in
seeking temporary reprieve
from deportation to the
wetlands & bald cypress

swamps that the Acadian
ecosystem was eternally
known for. Such splendid
isolation inspires cognitive

dissonance; & the courses
she’d studied were primers
to allow remote execution of
code vulnerabilities. She used

a Torus primitive which took
care of everything up to a click-
drag step to open the portal.
Only that task was left for her.


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.

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