3 Poems

by Mark Young

a culmination of battles decided by superior numbers

                             The River Thames allows
                                             one to retain a favorite
                                 flavor of instant noodle
                 but insists on sticking
                               solar panels to its bridges
                    to take advantage of
                                         any anthemic song
                          that might happen by.
                   Good clinical dentistry
                                    is no longer enough—
                          too many cranberries!


pristine embankment

The tide pools are a
publicized piece of

toxic waste that can
improve the military's

ability to detect bio-
logical agents when the

concrete is too smooth,
the water too blue.


candy & nuts

                            Bulk dried fruit bins
           filled with all kinds
                                   of organs & tissue
                  may only be redeemed
                        for high pressure welders
          after you are approved as
                            an industrial chemical
                   donor & registered in
                               accordance with the
             Domestic Animals Act of 1994.

Mark Young is the editor of Otoliths, lives in a small town in North Queensland in Australia, &
has been publishing poetry for more than fifty-five years. His work has been widely
anthologized, & his essays & poetry translated into a number of languages. He is the author
of over twenty-five books, primarily poetry but also including speculative fiction & art history.
A new collection of poems, Bandicoot habitat, is due out from gradient books of Finland later
this year.

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