The Tower Journal

Mark Young



Baxter receives a telegram


Residual traces of lightning
strikes linger on the surfaces
of the optic nerves. Some
might see paintings in them,
or sculptures carved from
the Carrera marble that
Michelangelo loved so much.
Others attach visions, talk

of pathways to the world
beyond, flood-lit avenues
not lights at the end of. The
poet, prosaic, counts the time
until the thunder, waits for
the summer rains to arrive.



Copyright © 2016 Mark Young


Mark Young's  most recent books are Mineral Terpsichore, from gradient books of Finland, and 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, a few geographies, will be out later this year from One Sentence Poems; and another, For the Witches of Romania, is scheduled for publication by Beard of Bees.

The Tower Journal
Winter  2016