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By: Mark J. Mitchell

What Reviewers Are Saying:

Mark J. Mitchell is a fine mystic poet. The poems in this collection are as clear as a fine bright day, though attentive always to the shadows cast by the sun.

—Richard Rodriguez, Peabody Award winning author of Days of Obligation and Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography


Mark J. Mitchell’s poems of diverse forms—villanelles, sestinas, triolets and the like—and the unlike—have in their own uncommon way the well-crafted composure to carry all the weight and weightlessness of song. It’s no wonder that for the last forty years he’s been a constant presence on our common literary landscape.

—Mary Jane White, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Poetry and Translation

Mark J. Mitchell was born in Chicago and grew up Catholic in Southern California. He studied writing and Medieval Literature at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver, George Hitchcock, Robert M. Durling and Barbara Hull.

His poetry has appeared in hundreds of periodicals over the last forty years, as well as the anthologies Good Poems, American Places, Hunger Enough, Retail Woes, and Line Drives. It has also been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. He is the author of two previous full-length collections, Lent 1999 (Leaf Garden Press), and Soren Kierkegaard Witnesses an Execution (Local Gems) as well as three chapbooks, Three Visitors (Negative Capability Press), Detective Movie (Fermata Publishing), and Artifacts and Relics (Folded Word). His historical novels, Knight Prisoner (Vagabondage Press), and The Magic War (Loose Leaves Publishing) are available on Amazon.

He is very fond of baseball, Miles Davis, Kafka and Dante. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the documentarian, activist and filmmaker Joan Juster, where he makes a living pointing out pretty things in his city.


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