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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.

 

 

 

lynyrdskynyrd.jpg
Art by Christopher Goss 2019

A line from Lynyrd Skynyrd

 

by Mark Young

 

Even though they seem very

much alike, make up a scratch

template, not a template from

Scratch, to create that desktop

 

database. Neither uses electronic

systems for operating puppets

or focuses on words related

to animal husbandry. Neither

 

resembles a piece of concrete,

or a watermelon, or any

other well-known construct

of technology. Their smell is

 

similar; &, when looked in the

eye, both have a tendency to

turn & run. Only then might

it be possible to tell them apart.

 

 

 



a recap of the main points

 

by Mark Young

 

The event is over. Poor quality

sentences romp on the grass. I

feed my dog chocolate, hoping to

hide the smell of canine distemper

left over from the church choirs

who were out in force tonight.

Brickbats duel like banjos. A drive-in

appears beside a row of arboreums

that serves as the southern border.

We pause to see what's playing. Turns

out to be a series of video clips of

Nessun dorma interspersed within

a compilation of every movie that’s

used it in their soundtrack. A day &

a half later I decide my preferred

movie is The Sum of All Fears even

though I'm not a Clancy fan, &

even though Morgan Freeman dies

before the end & so never gets to

hear Aretha Franklin's great Grammy

Awards night version as a last minute

stand-in for Luciano Pavarotti who had

throat issues, & was too sick to show.



morning raga

 

by Mark Young

 

Everywhere is silent

except for the ro-

tisserie chickens

which fill the Town

Hall & applaud the

speeches. Every word,

even the punctuation.

 

 

 

BOOM FM *

 

by Mark Young

 

Can Face Masks Prevent You From Getting the

          Coronavirus? Doctors Weight In

Lesbian Tiktoks That Made My Gayness Increase

I Show the Weirdness of My Life Through My 30 Comics

Caffeine & Breast Cancer

Kenyan MPs Shooting The Jerusalema Dance

         Challenge At Parliament Building

 

Before You Renew Amazon Prime, Read This

A Maryland Baby Taken Off Life Support Was

          Not Expected to Survive. Now She's About

         to Have Her First Birthday

I Went Vegan for 10 Weeks and This Is What

         Happened to My Body & Mindset

Trump's Ex-Girlfriend: I Was Flattered to Be a Trump Girl

 

 

 

* Bored Out Of My     Fucking Mind

 

 

Mark Young's most recent books are a collection of visual pieces, The Comedians, from Stale Objects de Press; turning to drones, from Concrete Mist Press; & turpentine from Luna Bisonte Prods.




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