Mark Anderson

My cousin Mark, his mouth a jumble
Of broken word and spoken mic
Syllabic gleams between his humble
Chaotic teeth, his Eastern psych
Degree a background velvet curtain
In mind unwound, laid out, uncertain
Of what the world is asking of
The god no one believes in, love,
And love’s irascible homely cousin,
Lust, whose arrows break like lead
In pencils pressed against one’s head
But fly like roses by the dozen
Into the hearts of Spokane’s youth
To bloom in light and bomb in truth.


  1. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    There is so much going on in this poem, and it is all so good.

    It’s about as clear as it can be, without being at all prosaic.

  2. This poem is filled with great rhymes. Good stuff, old man.

    • Jonathan Potter says

      Who’s calling whom old? You’ll soon be 49, Quin, which rhymes with cryin’.

      • Quin Finnegan says

        Har! Yeah, the best rhyme yet.

        I was thinking of our time at Neato Burrito in the midst of a small sea of twentysomethings, even teenagers, reciting our best. Which, I should add, didn’t mean our stuff was so much better. Sobering.

        Good times!

  3. Jonathan Webb says

    Sounds like an interesting cat. Good poem.

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