Day’s tiny child

by Mark Young

 

Prayers & scriptures 
light years removed from 
Renoir’s sunny nudes or
Matisse’s decorative
odalisques are beamed
in via streaming webcam
straight from Las Vegas
where cuneiform tablets
bearing the name of the
glyph were found by
the French. In such an
environment the obvious
opportunities to embark on
a journey of holiness are 
frequently waxed nostalgic 
about or imagined in an era 
yet to come. Even so, illiteracy 
amongst adults is still a 
serious problem in Kentucky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Young has been publishing poetry for nearly fifty-five years. His work has been widely anthologized, & his essays & poetry translated into a number of languages. He is the author of more than twenty books, primarily poetry but also including speculative fiction & art history. A new e-book, Rebuilding the Submarine, will be out soon from Quarter After Press. He is the editor of the ezine Otoliths, & lives on the Tropic of Capricorn in Australia.

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