From Verse of Silence (Spring 2019):
be like Brahma
We spent the afternoon listening to cracking trees
and rescuing voles pushed from their holes
by the surging river
I remember saying
let’s take the ferry if it’s running
the tide has never been higher
and my companion said
we’re wearing ponchos and boots
up to our knees
the time has never been better
These were suburban adventures.
I would watch rain fall
and wonder how the water
would school be cancelled
in a divine blessing
while my father thought over
insurance like a good accountant
the way any householder considering
the future for his children would
saying non-being is my being
ready to drown in cold water.
-Jeremy Nathan Marks
I am honoured that Writers Resist has two of my poems on their site today.
When I work with students in creative writing I like to tell them that poetry, plays, and fiction can be about anything they like. It is a canvas for their imagination and they can use it to delve into areas of the silly and absurd as life often is both. . . among other things.
Anyway, I like to try and practice what I preach, that is, I like to try and put my own work (and myself) out there. This is why I am using my website to share my publications.
Chase Dimock and As It Ought To Be Magazine have been kind enough to publish this poem of mine:
“Frontiers are frontiers but once” By Jeremy Nathan Marks
What a treat to have my micro piece “Elephants and Dolphins” see the light of day at Microfiction Monday Magazine. You can read the piece here: https://microfictionmondaymagazine.com
I am delighted that my poem “Something illegal” is in the latest edition of KYSO Flash. You can read it here: http://www.kysoflash.com/Issue11/MarksIllegal.aspx
I am very grateful for the timing of this poem’s appearance. Yesterday it snowed in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, California and over in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yesterday a story appeared about polar bears raiding a rubbish dump in Novaya Zemlya, Siberia because of poor sea ice.
I am one of those folks that write poems in response to things going on around me, so it is especially pleasing when I feel like the timing of a poem’s appearance is just right. Thank you, As It Ought To Be for featuring what I do. I am very appreciative.
“Plus Ten” By Jeremy Nathan Marks
Derelict Magazine is a literary journal which republished pieces which previously appeared in magazines which have gone out of print. They were kind enough to republish my poems “Torrent” and “Don’t Walk” which were published in Morel Magazine in January 2017. Morel, sadly, has since gone out of print.
For any writers who have previously published pieces looking for new homes, I recommend Derelict to you.
You can read my poems here: