Mark Irwin

September 15, 2011 Irwin Mark


Yesterday I opened your pill box, and there

on one oblong chalk tablet, read with my finger

the laws by which we live—love, and with a pin’s

chisel wanted to carve more while your wrist

skirted that dark, and the cupidon of our past gazed down.

Mark Irwin is the author of nine collections of poetry, including A Passion According to Green (New Issues, 2017) and American Urn (Selected Poems 1987–2014). His collection of essays, Monster: Distortion, Abstraction, and Originality in Contemporary American Poetry appeared in 2017. He teaches in the PhD in Creative Writing & Literature Program at the University of Southern California.