Profile(d) by Mark Young

Claimed she could
categorize a person
through a selection
of their words. Put
some together for her.
Was assessed as being
an unmarried male
between the ages of
twenty & thirty-nine, white,
of average intelligence,
& with a childhood spent
masturbating whilst I
tortured small animals.
Other words, I fit the pro-
file of a serial killer. Am
left wondering which is
the more inexact science,
poetry or profiling, &
extremely glad I didn’t
show her one of my
really dark pieces.

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Mark Young is the editor of Otoliths, 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 text poetry but also including speculative fiction, vispo, & art history. His work has been widely anthologized, & his essays & poetry translated into a number of languages. His most recent books are Bandicoot habitat & lithic typology, both from gradient books of Finland. An e-book, For the Witches of Romania, is due out from Beard of Bees.



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