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The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Mark Young: 3 Poems Published

Poems by Mark Young (Australia)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 45




A line from Steven Spielberg


A battle with a wild

Pokémon interrupts

our ability to watch

a sound being made


at some distance away.

It’s a twist on a proverb,

or possibly the atmo-

spheric concentrations of


greenhouse gases reflected—

in a kind of albedo—back

off parents watching their

offspring fall from trees.






for Pablo Casals


This interfacing

space a cello.


Turns taken in

different tempi.


Breathless little

pizzicato steps.


Or. The breathy

resonance of


a long bow

drawn across it.














A littoral reading


I put on a

bowler hat


take an apple

for lunch


& head

for la plage


at Yeppoon

where I en-


gage in a bit

of plagiarism


by purloining

some images


from Magritte

& putting


them forward

as my own.



About the Poet

Mark Young lives in a small town in North Queensland in Australia, & has been publishing poetry for more than fifty-five years. He is the author of over thirty books, primarily poetry but also including speculative fiction & art history. His work has been widely anthologized, & his essays & poetry translated into a number of languages.

Image: 'Cello' by Paul Varuni and 'Flygon in Minoh' by Kasadera.