John E Marks

POETRY

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” Frederick Nietzsche

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One must still have chaos in oneself
to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”
Frederick Nietzsche

Now, only the vestiges remain:
Conduct a forensic examination,
Scatter the remains
Are they the same?
See the fragility of the body,
In the furtherance of the truth,
Note the devil’s-in-the-detail.
We are condemned at the root…

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At the five-bar gate

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Evening dark, damp, cold
Retreat into electric caves
Try not to think about you
In your grave. Your soul
Meandering. Suicides in GB
Buried in unconsecrated
Ground, until a MP topped
Himself and was buried
In Westminster Abbey 1822:
Viscount Castlereagh. I think.
Easier to digress than to…

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POETRY

a form of déjà vu

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Following up on
the flippancy of flowers
I recall why metaphors are rare
In this neck of the woods.
There are no similes — implied or crucified —
for death
Nothing like or as, except perhaps
An emptiness that remains
Empty of content, direction, frivolity.
In the turning of the leaves
We have a half-metaphor for a half-life
Spent…

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Poetry

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We on this northern isle
Are not given to violent
Demonstrations of grief
more a steady drizzle of sadness.
Buttoned up we may be,
But in straightened
Circumstances, we are not.
We are amply provided
With history. We recollect
Emotion in tranquillity.
We know in our bones
That nothing remains
The same. We press on
Into an uncertain future.
We are rarely divided
Against ourselves.
We…

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John E Marks

John E Marks

I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can