Poetry Break: 2 Poems by Mark Almand

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Calligraphy

 

I study myself

In a mirror.

All my past anxieties

Happinesses

Losses

Spun

Like calligraphy.

Edgy Sanskrit

Fan from eyes

Thuluth’s loops

Encircle cheeks

Sweeping Mongolian

Girds mouth.

 

Ascenders,

Descenders,

Inward internal counters

Ink me

Etch me

Create my

Deep good.

 

Finally,

I am a page

To be understood.

 

 

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New Ground

 

Sometimes

I am an

Émigré,

Lost,

Held aloft,

Naked roots

Searching,

Desperate

For

Your whisper

Of

New ground.

 

 

 

 

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Bio: Mark Almand 

 

Mark has been writing poetry since college. He really got going in 2017 as a way to help him deal with his mother’s descent into dementia. He is currently completing a book of poems tentatively called Here and After.

Favorite topics are the metaphysical, grief, love and faith. He has written one book, Claude’s Canvas, a memoir, published in 2010.

Mark is married with three adult children and lives in the foothills of northeast Georgia.

His first published poem was in University of Connecticut’s student newspaper, The Connecticut Daily Campus.

 

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