Mark J. Mitchell, 2/23/2015
Former Occupation: Temporary Convention Staffer, Wine and Spirits Expert
Current Occupation: Tour Guide , San Francisco
Contact Information: Mark J. Mitchell studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver, George Hitchcock and Barbara Hull. His work has appeared in various periodicals over the last thirty five years, as well as the anthologies Good Poems, American Places,Hunger Enough, and Line Drives. His chapbook, Three Visitors, has been published recently by Negative Capability Press . Two chapbooks, “Lent, 1999” and “Artifacts and Relics” will coming out later in the year. His novel, “Knight Prisoner” is available from Vagabondage Press. Another novel, “A Book of Lost Songs” is going through the editorial process, on its way to publication by Wild Child Publishing. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the activist, documentarian and film maker, Joan Juster.
It is constant, this play of noise
across these streets. Someday it will
be over. Until then, lanky boys
are constantly toying with noise,
choosing the perfect tool to employ
for breaking up our sleep. It spills
constantly, our own game of noise
played on our street, against our will.
The fact of work
by slow minute—
That handful of dimes
scattered on the table
is never enough.