Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Mark Young, Stricken By Hubris, Rollerskates in the Buffalo Herd While Tagging Butterflies

Watermelon Patch

In a morning
landscape in
which every
nutso bird in the

has come to-
gether to gather
in varietal
flocks & shout
down the other

flocks for im-
pinging upon
their territory,
the sound of
Roger Miller

loudly from the
house across
the road that
you can't

rollerskate in a
buffalo herd is
a reminder
that prejudice
is a standard

feature of the
landscape in
cowboy country
such as this
is hereabouts.

Transient amateurs

"We just
crank out the
data," said
the male kick-
boxer coming
out of a period
of secondary
after his last
bout. "It's
the transient

amateurs, who
survey birds,
tag butterflies,
measure sunlight
& study solar
eclipses, that
are the true
artists of this
modern medium
of combat re-

Lares et Penates

Hubris strikes me down. Or,
more precisely, a cold; but I was
boasting only a few weeks ago
how the winters here were warm,

& now there are twenty degree
differentials between day &
night & I am dosed with
aspirin & vitamins. Unwilling

to write, poetry anyway, in case
I end up trolling down long
gloomy corridors of introspection
& self-distrust. Baroque replaced

by Berocca. Oh Marienbad, why
hast thou forsaken me? An
email from Jukka comes to the
rescue. We discuss detective stories.

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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