Mark William Jackson




Troubling the Absinthe


Set the flame and drip water through the sugar brick,

protect yourself against the sickness.


Let the green fairy dance & dart between your eyes,

dropping beautiful lies.


Hide like a résistance fighter,

prepare to épater la bourgeoisie,

burn their bridges, blow up their clocks,

call for a return to a belle époque.


Tonight we’ll light the wormwood fires

& raise our glasses to the crime,

we’ll let the anise juices fill our veins

& absinthium fill our minds.




Mark William Jackson’s work has appeared in various journals including; Best Australian Poems, Popshot, Going Down Swinging, Cordite, Rabbit Poetry Journal, Verity La and Tincture. For more information visit

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