Wild Court

An international poetry journal based in the English Department of King’s College London

‘Gothic’: a poem by Mark Wynne

‘The Nightmare’ by John Henry Fuseli, oil on canvas, 1781




Where are you now? At the first flush of dawn
everything pitched with exaggeration.

An ordinary evening against a dull sky
illuminated by lightning...

Your letters – ironic, obscene – seduced
by a fourth-wave feminist in remission.

Ruined by the daughter of some theologist from Zurich.
Only your wife knows how you deplore intelligent women.

Your life ill-arranged, scattered…
the solitary child sits within himself.

Absent-minded. The love of your life
married off to a friend of the family.