Mark Tarren is a poet and writer who lives on remote Norfolk Island in the South Pacific.
His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various literary journals including The New Verse News, The Blue Nib, Poets Reading The News, Street Light Press, Spillwords Press, Tuck Magazine and Impspired Magazine. He is currently working on a collection of poetry and a novel.
The Leather Maker
When you remove the skin from the body of a beast it is transformed. It is now something new and tender that is suspended outside of time. The heart and lungs are removed from the old ways. They are now organs of life and breath in the eviscerating of all former loves. The Leather Maker places oak, sumac and hemlock upon this new skin. This strengthens the bond between the fibres. Like his beast, he is something new and tender — eternal. Outside of time he crafts gifts of life, breath and sometimes — love. He has made highly prized leathers in Morocco and Cordoba, his scrolls have been stored in earthen jars in caves along the Dead Sea for centuries. In the dark universe of The Corium his stars have fallen before Pharaohs and Queens, crafted sandals for Homer — formed the curve around the back of an ankle of many lovers — bound books for Dickens and Wilde. Now, at the beginning and end of a broken heart, he has completed his last work — a small journal made from Japanese leather, carved and stamped with the inscription — Norfolk Island , 29.04S 167.95E. His last dark star from the master of Rezākurafuto falls into the hands of two lovers, something new and tender — a skin to protect the fragility of love.