Decomposition: Rabbit and Wolf by Gabrielle Neveu; for more information, visit


by Mark Ward

the flesh filleted
from bone a meal is
made the broth abrades

its home a skinful
floats atop like scum
drain each excess sprain

your meat is a clot
cluttering your bones
swaddling their style

a skeletal pose
draped with flecks of meat
about to detach

About Mark Ward

Mark Ward is the author of the chapbooks Circumference (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and Carcass (Seven Kitchens Press, 2020). His poems have appeared in The Irish TimesPoetry Ireland ReviewSkylight47Cordite, Assaracus and many more. His poem ‘Vegas Epithalamion’ was recorded and broadcast in June 2019 on Irish National Radio. He lives in Dublin, Ireland and is the founding editor of Impossible Archetype, a journal of LGBTQ+ poetry. For more information, visit