person Mark J Mitchell, one poem

Mark J. Mitchell was born in Chicago and grew up in southern California. His latest poetry collection, Roshi San Francisco, was just published by Norfolk Publishing. Starting from Tu Fu was recently published by Encircle Publications. A new collection is due out in December from Cherry Grove. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the activist and documentarian, Joan Juster. A meager online presence can be found at



The room has three doors
all locked
from the otherside.


An earthen burrow
surrounded by no trees.
The mouse
does not sing.


Dirty straw in a cage
that seems perfectly empty.
An artist has vanished.


The long dark attic
holds only damp sheets
and judges.



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