- ISBN 978-1-61019-223-1
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Artifacts of old labors, relics left by long-ago monks, Mark J. Mitchell reveals them in troubador songs found written in “an unknown tongue,” in dreams, in movies, and in the scratching of old jazz records. From his morning aubade and high noon villanelle, ’till his free verse “Night Shift,” Mitchell shows the “water writing on skin,” the hidden messages of old worlds we carry invisibly through our own appointed hours.
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, Barbara Hull and Robert M. Durling. His poems have appeared in numerous periodicals over the past thirty five years, as well as the anthologies Good Poems, American Places, Hunger Enough, and Line Drives. He is the author of the poetry chapbooks Three Visitors (Negative Capability Press) and Lent, 1999 (Leaf Garden Press), as well as the novels Knight Prisoner (Vagabondage Press) and A Book of Lost Songs (Wild Child Publishing). He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the film maker and documentarian Joan Juster, where he makes his living pointing out pretty things.