Jeremy Nathan Marks

Jeremy Nathan Marks

Jeremy Nathan Marks lives in Canada. Recent work appears in New Verse News, Jewish Literary Journal, Chiron Review, 365 Tomorrows, Bewildering Stories, The Journal of Expressive Writing, Ginosko Review, Dissident Voice, Boog City, The Write Life, and The Last Leaves. His short fiction, “Sturgeon Sea,” received a Mariner Award from Bewildering Stories in 2020. Jeremy recommends the Center for Biological Diversity.

no matter what
dear viewer
there must always be 
a horse race
Yankees fight back
​in late innings

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Because they believe that water is mute
dikes and levies have been built
but water remains wet
​so dryness cannot be truth

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My 2020 vote will not be
an endorsement
it won’t be a thumbs up
a fist bump
an Amen
​or an Aho

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 Ideas have no groove. You don’t dance to them, you hustle. When someone says you shall have no more than your share (or less) and they put that in place, you are forced to get up and go.

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And there are some hard truths. Most Buffalo elders notch their winters with salt, Vicks, and canned trout. They grouse about snowbirds and higher taxes. You can get mugged with ease on Clinton and Sycamore Street. Some folks still wonder why there’s plenty of coloreds around.

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Aristocrats on annuities in drawing rooms
held bromances of the mire,
tempest glances by garment pulses
with breasts as powdered as the pines.

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The ambassador said the embassy would not turn over their guest
​since American prisons are the darling of the tiers monde.

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