Blind Angels

Perched on gargoyles
they croak sad hymns

then fly away once
they hear those songs

bouncing back off
a distant moon.

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, Retail Woes and Line Drives. It has also been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. A full-length collection, Lent 1999, was just released by Leaf Garden Press. His chapbook Three Visitors has recently been published by Negative Capability Press. Artifacts and Relics, another chapbook, was just released by Folded Word and his novel, Knight Prisoner, was recently published by Vagabondage Press. Another novel, A Book of Lost Songs, is coming soon from Wild Child Publishing. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the documentarian and filmmaker Joan Juster.

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