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My stories have been read 154947 times and 191 of my stories have been cherry picked.
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Mark Kilburn


The Love Vaccine, The Not-So Green Man and Vampire Wedding in North Cornwall were published in Worcester Litfest's Flash Fiction anthology, 2021 (Black Pear Press).

Lilith and the Half-Cut Magician and Moon Mamas of the Silk River Nostoi were published in Worcester Litfest's Flash Fiction anthology, 2020 (Black Pear Press).

Cathedral Swans was published in Call & Response, an anthology of poems celebrating Worcester Cathedral (Black Pear Press 2020)

The Child We Can Never Have was published in Contour magazine, February 2018.

Billy Ulysses... was runner up in Abc's Poem of the Year award, 2014.

Spring was highly commended in the 2012 Larkin-East Riding poetry competition

The Ghost of Milton Friedman... won the 2012 Abc poetry competition

Nicolaus Copernicus... was published in Gold Dust Anthology, 2012

The Poet Laid Bare was published in The Big Issue, 2011

A Tea Box... was a prize-winner in the MIND poetry competition 2010

Leipzig was chosen for the 2005 Midland Arts Centre 'Short Cuts' readings & subsequently published in Gold Dust magazine, 2006


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My stories


Tiresias and the Birds

The blind man in the park settles on a bench/ guided by the hand of his daughter.

How Roger Came to Spend Lockdown on the Sofa in His Underpants

‘We need to think outside the box’ said Creativity. ‘What about press-ups ?’ said HR, well known for their masochistic tendencies.

The Not-So Green Man

One night I saw his silhouette. The moon and its canopy of stars illuminated his face. The tree had become a Not-So Green Man.

A Geisha's Revenge

‘Don’t look so worried’ said Ayako. ‘You’re young. You’ve yet to learn how badly men treat geishas.’


22 of my comments have received 23 Great Feedback votes

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Great stuff Mark. Really

Posted on Fri, 04 Jun 2021

Great stuff Mark. Really enjoyed this.

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Posted in The Grizzling

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I'm glad you didn't lurk in

Posted on Sun, 07 Mar 2021

I'm glad you didn't lurk in metaphor onemorething. Deceptively simple, your poem is a treasure of considered wisdom and emotion. Louise Gluck's later, intensely personal poems came to mind. Great writing!

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Posted in My Mother’s Name

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A very well composed poem,

Posted on Sat, 07 Mar 2020

A very well composed poem, onemorething. I really like the way the poem gradually shifts its focus from external to internal damage and ends with an overt comparison. Very enjoyable!

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Posted in A Broken Pot’s Lament

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Ewan - this was written as a

Posted on Thu, 04 Oct 2018

Ewan - this was written as a CW prompt many years ago, back in the 80s. Can't do CW prompts to save my life these days!

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Posted in Dust Man

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Pattern-poems can, I think,

Posted on Sun, 06 May 2018

Pattern-poems can, I think, sometimes feel a bit forced in their construction. This poem, Parson, is inspired with its shape complementing and formally adding to - in an exciting way - its subject. And as a footy fan the crowning glory of elderly...

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Posted in Shoot!

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Thanks for your comments

Posted on Thu, 26 Apr 2018

Thanks for your comments Parson. It's been a long time since I read Carver - too long in fact.

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Posted in Something Hard Inside Him (Part 2)

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Thank you insert & eds -

Posted on Sat, 29 Apr 2017

Thank you insert & eds - appreciated!

I'll be reading this poem next week at a spoken word event in Worcester & will definitely spread the Abc word!

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Posted in The Wall

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A very moving poem - each

Posted on Sat, 06 Aug 2016

A very moving poem - each word justified and demanding recognition, nothing wasted, the brevity achieving something of considerable beauty.

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Posted in Whole

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Very well crafted and thought

Posted on Fri, 27 May 2016

Very well crafted and thought provoking. Look forward to reading more of your work.

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Posted in The Kiss

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Really enjoyed this..

Posted on Fri, 04 Mar 2016

Really enjoyed this...especially like the way we are drawn by the first three stanzas...stanzas that reflect and appear as a jagged mirror...the poem opening up like a sluice gate...carrying the reader to a final uncompromising crescendo......

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Posted in Nuthoused