‘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.


Mark Wynne

About Mark Wynne

Mark Wynne has been published in Ambit, The Moth, Magma and Lighthouse Journal. His debut pamphlet, Frank & Stella, was published in 2020 by tall-lighthouse, and included the Artlyst & The Poetry Society prize winning poem, ‘Interior, Vincent Terrace.’ A new pamphlet, Point Bolivar Light, is due from tall-lighthouse in October.