MARK DECARTERET


Mark's poetry has appeared in AGNI, Atlanta Review, Caliban, Chicago
Review
, Conduit, Cream City Review, Phoebe, Poetry East, Salt Hill,
Sonora Review, Spinning Jenny, and 3rd bed, as well as the anthologies
American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon Press, 2000)
and Thus Spake the Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader (Black Sparrow
Press, 1999). His first book, Review--A Book of Poems, which according
to Bill Knott was "filled with insight and outrage, monstrosities and
miracles," (Kettle of Fish Press, 1995). Before that a chapbook, Over
Easy
(Minotaur, 1990). A second chapbook, The Great Apology, was
just published by Oyster River Press for whom he co-edited Under the
Legislature of Stars: 62 New Hampshire Poets
.






linked

we've been rid on
pound after pound
& snapped in at the elbows--
so do we confide to these shadows
that our tongues have once again
been exiled or just let them go
run the world even faster?






any road on or about this time

that was the last time
my head praised its soft spot
early on when the strawberries
saw to their wounds & the woods
were nailed shut into coffins

further winked out disguises
& something re: the constitution of teeth
I hesitated in a mock dress
this dream where they bet on my crown

ropes cower when faced w/this shouting
the brute's ears all swollen from never having listened






delivery

you can think anything you want--
I ceased mouthing my own life

once I tasted the audience's laughter
that life of which too much

was made from the start
what w/my tiny fists pumping the air

convinced then as I am now
that I was the first

to come up w/this whole
birthshit idea







haunt

there were no
ghosts to meet him--
only the river as it
sounded to the bridge
w/its unfinishable
business


*

over(heard):
the river alone
is responsible
for lifting us
out of the
ground



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