Mark Scott

"the best damned poet in the business"

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All Hid

At the Cemetery The gravediggers keep to themselves. So do we. They do their work, we do ours. We hold gloves, keys, flowers, a purse, a Bible, a whiskbroom, a hairpin, the other hand. Each of us notices something and speaks, bending. Some headstones, having sunk in, lean, but ours stand up straight. They need grass pulled back off their edges and dirt swept out of their engraving. Doing that, […]

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Japan, Japanese

Japan [or, insert your country here] is a behaviorist society. Japan pays attention to antecedent circumstances. Japan doesn’t give pats on the back. Pictures of the floating world? I don’t see any. The Japanese world is heavy and slow and dull with repetition. You can see it any morning at 8:30 or 9:30 or 10:30, before bureaucracies, businesses, and shops open, in the faces going to work. Like everywhere else, […]

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