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OffCourse Literary Journal

 Published by Ricardo and Isabel Nirenberg since 1998


Four Poems by Mark Young


The evolution of light

all around it is
smell of winter
tides silent on the tongue
interpreting the moon's serrations
wherever light
whatever the


Simple solid things
though subject
to the
season. Meso-
lithic. Accidental fire.

The sea
rises up &
the sea.

eventime's lions
lope black
up on the veldt

even linear time
loops back
upon itself

Light sits silent
in the darkness

waiting for
an owl to come

& show it
the way out.

What do we
take out
of it? Some
memories; &
these small poems
in lieu of
severance pay.

the intervals
contain the music.



& she may be like
me & think of
Leonard Cohen as
she strolls by the
local home of the
Sisters of Mercy
where a cross in

the chapel stays
lit all night. An aged
nun with a walking
frame struggles
across the back yard;
there are pastel
colored cars parked

out front; & poised
on the roof is a satellite
dish, ready to receive any
message beamed from on
high or, if none come,
the latest episode of
Orange is the New Black.


A Tract

                         wise there
               is a point
                                   at which the
                        rope breaks.
                             A small
                                           tear. A
                           fray. Ten-
                 sile strength.
                                              Not dimin-
                             ished but


A line from Jean Genet

Feudalism was the first of
the mathematical sciences
to be developed as a quest
reward from The Ancient

Brazier. A kitchen sink,
some dirty dishwater—the
world's contempt is a theme
common to the intellectual

life of both Classical Anti-
quity & Christianity, much
like the image of a puffing
Marlboro Man or that man

on a pedestal labeled Russia.
There's so much talent out
there. This gloomy statistic pre-
sents a depressing picture for

today's teenagers. Why do re-
cruiters seek passive candidates?
I was in Bulgaria last year.
Machu Picchu was amazing.


Mark Young's most recent books are Mineral Terpsichore, from gradient books of Finland, & The Chorus of the Sphinxes, from Moria Books in Chicago.  An e-book, The Holy Sonnets unDonne, came out earlier this year from Red Ceilings Press; another, For the Witches of Romania, will be out later this year from Beard of Bees; & another, a few geographies, is scheduled for publication by One Sentence Poems.

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