Kohl Shadows Black Medlars
fastidious rosewater pink mache misted
a cobra petal inferred of grapebloom.
Dark Souls go to Osiris distant psychic
white sea-friend verdigris-luminescent
the old adroit ears rising of golden dog
in dusk with beasts in kohl shadows leading
the secret lucky blessed knave
black medlars opening purple in brooding
old road.in troubled sunlight ancient white
sealing here the river stone the silver meadow
The Otherworld. Crimson serpent gate mouth.
Tinted cobwebs whistling queens’ fragile lips
transmitting ravens no rusty cauldron exhibits
eternal grey life dead bread damp tiles
the stained waterfall the tired caught flowers.
Curious fuschias like smoky paws in rose wax.
Two rowanberries the horses’ wild telling
of night’s melancholy purple yews
distant blotting the Rose Wych Dynasty.
Her foaming gallopers exuding the drawn aura
stirring from hills opened on silence of evergreens
blue mildewed wine jars changing cloudy dusty figures
The Silver Hollow Boys
Wine glass poised spirit your irises dark
voices with dog-stale existence drinking
ripples shadow rain fragile lost
galloper sun upon bone-grey clouds
heron at dip her face deep
that pewter madam entwisted
brindled strangers perform on moss
where leaf table sees a golden signet
creatures like sad tarot starkly plunged
the cards blue full wet. Fairground scarlet.
Fleeting November garden icy baroque yew
painting skeins as peacocks dog-gathered
gaze a silhouetted existence on slate
singing in sunlight the silver hollow boys
Mark Valentine’s Star Kites (2013) translates work by over twenty European poets. At Dusk (Exposition International, Bucharest, 2012) evokes over thirty interwar European poets. Fiction appears in Secret Europe (2014) and Inner Europe (2018). Recent poetry has been published in PN Review, Agenda, Reliquiae and elsewhere, and essays on avant-garde literature at Wild Court and Queen Mob’s Tea House. He edits Wormwood, a journal of the fantastic with a European slant.
Painting by AmirMahdi, 8- year-old from Iran