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Mark J. Mitchell: A New Soul

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endearing clear

statement of a teapot

—Robert Duncan

Descriptions of Imaginary Poetries

The teapot’s retired

to a counter corner

beside a silver toaster

and behind some glasses.

It is white and hollow

as a new soul.

Empty, it stores

dry tea in neat bags.

Outside, March weather

blows against the empire.

About the Author: 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 and a novel are forthcoming.

He is very fond of baseball, Louis Aragon, Miles Davis, Kafka and Dante. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the activist and documentarian, Joan Juster where he made his marginal living pointing out pretty things. Now, he works doing guy stuff, go figure.

He has published 2 novels and three chapbooks and two full length collections so far. His first chapbook won the Negative Capability Award.

Titles on request.

A meager online presence can be found at

A primitive web site now exists:

I sometimes tweet @Mark J Mitchell_Writer


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The image of Quasimodo is by French artist Louis Steinheil, which appeared in  the 1844 edition of Victor Hugo's "Notre-Dame de Paris" published by Perrotin of Paris.


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