Friday, January 16, 2015

A Poem by Mark J. Mitchell

A Version of an Arabic Poem

     After the Arabic of Abdullah Ibn al-Mu'tazz 861-908 C.E.

A quick girl
comes to me tonight
fleeing her innocence.

Her body tells the breeze:
If you were serious
this is how
you'd shove the branches.

Mark J. Mitchell studied writing at UC Santa Cruz.  His work has appeared in the anthologies Good Poems, American Places, Hunger Enough, Line Drives, and In Gilded Frame.  He is the author of a chapbook, Three Visitors, and a novel, Knight Prisoner, (both available on Amazon).  A full length collection, Lent 1999, is due from Leaf Garden Press.  He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the documentarian, Joan Juster.

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