Thursday, July 26, 2018

Mark Young, excerpts from Residual Sonnets

King N. Epal’s Organophosphates, image by Daniel Y. Harris 

excerpts from Residual Sonnets  


In his first public statement
since taking an unknown
dose of organophosphate
insecticide, the King of Nepal
said that he was struck speech-
less by the notation, fingering,
& keyboard diagrams under-
lying the stylistic aspects

of the artwork of Wassily
Kandinsky. How by the
removal of one element of cDNA
they could be used as a sex-
pheromone trap to lure blood-
sucking pests to their deaths.

Shrinking ad budgets

Were there any persons of color —
apart from those who wanted to
spend a fortune on antique French
Furniture or a brown Lolita dress
which featured ruffles on the hem —
in any of the traveler reviews &
photos for the hotel? Extremely
complex chromatograms are often

very difficult to interpret. Better to
use Art Deco fortune telling cards.
They produce fast, deep colors
on cottons when the velocity μx
is null, & are easily obtained at
your local sheet & duvet store.

—Mark Young

Mark Young’s most recent book is les échiquiers effrontés, a collection of surrealist visual poems laid out on chessboard grids, just published by Luna Bisonte Prods. Due out later this year is The Word Factory: a miscellany, from gradient books of Finland, & an e-book, A Vicarious Life — the backing tracks, from otata.