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Micropoetry by Mark Young | #thesideshow

elliptical automata

The level of antibodies infants
get from thin plates of brass
drops over time. Greater efficacy
comes from sheets of 24 carat
gold inscribed in Etruscan.


The Twitter communities of both
Taylor Swift & One Direction fans
like goats. A generation completely
comfortable with remix culture
becomes a majority of the electorate.


I had a sudden hankering for
magnesium: & even though
no copyright infringement was
intended, all hell broke loose.




bun(ra)ku hay(na)ku


Seeing what’s in
behind the

like visiting
a Bunraku play

where the roles
have been

the puppets
are wearing black.




Prisonnier mordu par des chiens

We pro-
innocence; but
so much gone on
that we are
part of

party to
responsible for
we cannot
we thought

it was an-
other that
did this
& set our
selves a-



It is where the external
generative organs are
stored, combines exotic
plots with crops such as
peas or beans. Often
depicted as a communal
village which has water
added so it becomes water-

tight. Has no shareholder
rights; but witnesses are
called when the deathrate
rises above the national
average. Cracks with mat-
urity. Multiple meanings.



Digesting Diogenes

I did not always live
in a barrel said the
famous philosopher
adjusting his position
just a little though
more than enough to
show his preferred
side. I used to live in
a trailer park. Then

someone told me about
reality tv & webcams
& the internet & how
there was this vast
audience out there
fascinated by the
trivial things of life.
Thought about it for a
while; finally decided

what the fuck! Needed
a gimmick so came up
with this. I reach more
people this way. & be-
sides, with the artificial
lighting I’ve set up, I no
longer have to worry
about someone getting
between me & the sun.

About the Author:

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 thirty-five 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 Mineral Terpsichore & Ley Lines, both from gradient books of Finland, & The Chorus of the Sphinxes, from Moria Books in Chicago. A new collection, some more strange meteorites, is due out from Meritage & i.e. Press, California / New York, in early 2017.