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subtlekaratepose.jpg
Art by Patty Mulligan 2017

a subtle karate pose

 

by Mark Young

 

 

The back pages react,

squawk humiliation—

two types of nothing. A

rash of malicious ads

arrive out of the blue.

Intense panic attacks

spread crypto ransom-

 

ware. In response the

Department of Derma-

tology has released a

virginia creeper that sits

on a low orange divan

beside either The Bos-

phorus or the Straits of

 

Magellan—the trans-

lation is unclear—to help

people understand the

subtle differences between a

lightning strike & a strikeout

in the final innings with the

Boston Red Sox up at bat.



The chains coil up into helical structures

 

by Mark Young

 

The logo tells a story. It's

a two-faced model, much

like Janus, which the de-

signers promise will create

a deep connection with the

masses. The α helix, beloved

by scientists, faces inward;

it was the first metal used by

 

man; more than seven-in-ten

think it is of greater import-

ance than buying the latest

iPhone or a new BMW. I like

traditional business models.

They emit toxic by-products.






headeralexgildzen.jpg
Art by Bill Zbylut 2018

A note for Alex Gildzen

 

by Mark Young

 

The studio system still

in operation in the

'fifties. A flagship blonde

contracted to each. Mamie

van Doren one studio's

answer to Jayne Mansfield

who, in turn, was that

studio's answer to

Marilyn Monroe; though

who was who's you'd

know better than I. & of

the three, the one

who at some point

accompanied my teenage

boylust was Jayne Mansfield,

strutting her stuff

in The Girl Can't Help It. Not

her that turned me on, though;

was Little Richard

singing the title song

that flicked my switch.

 

 

 

footeralexgildzen.jpg
Art by Patty Mulligan 2018

forkay.jpg
Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2018

For K.

 

by Mark Young

 

. . . . & so it is the

coming in, one

foot across

the other, model

strut, the dressage

horse. Such an

en-trance. Only. Is

not the coming

in, is a coming

out. . . .

 

 

 

The/secret life/of Wilhelm Reich

 

by Mark Young

 

In the late 1950s & through

the ‘60s, he would buy up

redundant iron lungs &

decorate them, initially with

art nouveau designs, later

with psychedelia, then pass

them off as orgone boxes.

 

 

 

leningrad.jpg
Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2018

A Line from the Leningrad Cowboys

 

by Mark Young

 

The iPhone case is based

on 1950s technology, is

made of real bamboo, 100%

natural & biodegradable.

 

This one features yellow

Asiatic lilies to give con-

scientious consumers true

peace of mind & leave

 

them full of laughter. It

will return to the Earth

leaving minimal environ-

mental impact, & means

 

the question of how long

people can survive the

extreme conditions in

space need never be asked.

 

 

 

Mark Young 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 random salamanders, a Wanton Text Production, & Circus economies, from gradient books of Finland.

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