This poem is taken from Stand 222, 17(2) May - June 2019.

Mark Russell Five Poems
Men in Cars

About war, they say, there is nothing new to
disinter. It is as common to move earth with a
mechanical digger, as it is to feed wild boars with
the bodies of one’s enemies. It is the weather on
the Eastern Front, and by equal turns, the swelling
over an eye, that may refresh ancient hostilities. A
man engaged as an archivist at the soon-to-be-
closed public library may be struggling to
understand fragments of papyri, or taking notes
from a maintenance manual for a Renault Megane.
Two men engaged as archivists at the soon-to-be-
closed public library may be jostling for the most
expensive professional development opportunities,
or quarrelling over a last slice of lemon meringue
pie.



Men Riddled with Arrows

About war, they say, there is nothing new to
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