Meet Mark Ward, my favourite handsome-gay-Irish-poet-playwright-cabaret-noise-musician. Read more from him in The Myriad Carnival (he says, self-promotingly) or in lots of other anthologies that are almost as good. (See below for details.)
I’m going to cheat and talk about two, one that I’m most proud of and one that’s the most recent.
The first is a poem which I’m very proud of that was originally featured in a magazine called Glitterwolf. The poem, Night Sweats, is taken from this big long epic I’ve been writing for a few years, and will probably be writing for the next decade. The whole thing is called American G.I. and it’s three full-length books of poetry that are novels in verse, all about one character – Tommy Martin’s – life. The first, Circumference, is about the town he grew up in in the late 1930s/early 1940s, the boy he fell in love with and returning to the town almost twenty years later when he finds out his father is dying. Night Sweats is set in 1939, when Tommy is 14 and realising that he really is gay. The poem was later reprinted on The Good Men Project and can be read here.
The second is a poem called Gown recently published as part online at HIV Here + Now, Michael H. Broder’s stunning poem-a-day to 35 years of AIDS (June 5, 2016). It’s autobiographical and based around a scary hospital visit I had a while back. The poem can be read here. There are currently 326 (!) contributions, with a print anthology of selected works to follow.
Mark Ward is a poet from Dublin, Ireland. He was the 2015 Poet Laureate for Glitterwolf and his work has appeared in Assaracus, Tincture, The Good Men Project, HIV Here + Now, Off the Rocks, The Wild Ones, Emerge and the anthologies, Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed, The Myriad Carnival and Not Just Another Pretty Face. He has recently completed his first chapbook, How to Live When Life Subtracts, and is currently working on a novel-in-verse called Circumference. As Chris Colby, he has been featured in the anthology, Threesome: Him, Him and Me and is currently working on his first novel.