poet

Mark Irwin

Mark Irwin is the author of numerous books of poems including Large White House Speaking (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2013).  He lives in Colorado and Los Angeles, where he teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern California.

by this poet

poem
   Sunday mornings I would reach
high into his dark closet while standing
   on a chair and tiptoeing reach
higher, touching, sometimes fumbling
   the soft crowns and imagine
I was in a forest, wind hymning
   through pines, where the musky scent
of rain clinging to damp earth was
   his scent I loved,