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Mark Irwin

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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


   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

A shark swims into the bay, swirls, and then rises with the ugly grin of millennia.

A match flame to a cigar, years later a campfire, and long after a house on fire.

Love—to forget language and act on instinct, its indestructible form.

—Something written on a piece of paper after an