Poetry Break: Mark Almand – Ars Poetica and Anwer Ghani

By: Mark Almand



Ars PoeticaPoetry Break: Mark Almand - Ars Poetica and Anwer Ghani marilyn l davis two drops of ink

A poem is a

Loaded thing:

A razor here

A stitch there

An explosion from a time past, a love abandoned, the swat of a drunken mother

Write it only if you

Have nowhere to go

No doctor

No advocate

No answered prayer


And the dry clicking seconds

Leave you desperate for a drop of water

On a swollen, cracked tongue.


A poem will open you

A poem will close you


Nowhere as mighty as verse

Is both blessing and curse


A poem is a





Note from the Marilyn L. Davis, Editor-in-chief: Mark has also done a tribute poem about one of our monthly contributors, Anwer Ghani. I love that there’s this kind of kinship among the writers and how Anwer’s expressive narrative poetry influenced Mark with the poem, Anwer. 



Anwer Ghani


Anwer is the bird that rests in your hand, tiny, blinking, breathing in starts. He flew to you from the desert. Fierce storms buffeted him, yet he flew on his beating wings. Now from his perch in your hand he manages a quiet aria. It seeks out your memories – memories of crust, memories that coat your throat, memories that crack in barren heat.

Anwer asks no questions. Anwer brings healing pulled from deep wells.




Bio: Mark Almand


Poetry Break: Mark Almand - Ars Poetica and Anwer Ghani marilyn l davis two drops of ink 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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  1. Hi Anwer, thank you again for your refreshing.

    It’s funny — As soon as this poem posted, I wanted to make changes. It is difficult to capture a person, with all their facets.


  2. How happy I am with this gentle interest and profound reading by Mark Almand. Here I can only give deep thanks. It is nice for literature and poetry to be a bridge between people, people and spirits, to bypass the veil and the walls created by delusions. Many thanks to my friend Mark Almand, and many thanks to Two Drops of Ink, and to Marilyn Davis.

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