Mark Scott

"the best damned poet in the business"

Love poems

Single Bed You preferred men older, and one man to many, but he was in Atlanta and we were in Boulder. You hung back at first, like the figure in the black cameo you liked to wear. Then all was fair: every feature forward, every surface glad on the single bed, the only kind my mom let me have.   The Heart Why do you always have to start crying […]

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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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