LOST POEM · MARK DECARTERET
12×18, printed on 100% recycled linen paper.
Signed limited edition of 10.
Set in Mrs. Eaves.
Archive-quality glassine envelope included.
to Bill Knott
Snow no longer falls into the past. And there is little to be made of the eye lashes that fluttered in recognition for a spell. But there is still light. Toughing it out the way light’s known to do. I should’ve left it at that. How one’s fingers smelled gray. Like a mimeographed line from a poem. Lingering. A guest of sorts. Infinitely felt. For this wasn’t the first time you played dead. Once in the lap of your mother. A dream you seemingly had. Seen through an iced-over window. And another. Flying into yourself. Your toes lined up. Told to shoot. At the first sign of landing.
About the Author
Born in Lowell Massachusetts in 1960, Mark DeCarteret graduated from Emerson College with a B.F.A. in Creative Writing in 1990, where he was selected by Bill Knott as their representative at the Greater Boston Inter-collegiate Poetry Festival, and from the University of New Hampshire with an M.A. in English-Writing in 1993, where he was selected by Mekeel McBride and Charles Simic for the Thomas Williams Memorial Poetry Prize. He’s published five books of poetry and has appeared in nearly 400 literary reviews including AGNI, Boston Review, Caliban, Chicago Review, Conduit, Confrontation, Cream City Review, Diagram, Poetry East, Salamander, as well as anthologies such as American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon Press), Thus Spake the Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader 1988-1998 (Black Sparrow Press), and Under the Legislature of Stars: 62 New Hampshire Poets (Oyster River Press), which he also co-edited. Mark served as Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s seventh Poet Laureate from 2009-2011 and currently works at Water Street Bookstore in Exeter.