Two Poems by Mark J. Mitchell

Helena Hildur W.
Artwork by Helena Hildur



A trick shooting priest
palms a canary. Swallows it.
Tents brood gaily on the brown lot.
The sword swallower and
dancing bear swap jokes and recipes.

The circus can’t wait
to leave town.



ON A THEME FROM LEWIS CARROLL                         

Mind the volcano!
               —The Red Queen

                        A looking glass object objects
                        to being reduced to an object.

                        It sees itself as real, if reversed,
                        and worthy of consideration and respect.

                        It looks back through silver
                        and glass and begins to question

                        the world it reverses. Its cool
                        surface is the only contact.

                        It asks: Are you looking through me
                        or do I see through you?

Mark J. Mitchell’s latest novel, The Magic War just appeared from Loose Leaves Publishing. He studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver and George Hitchcock. His work has appeared in the several anthologies and hundreds of periodicals. Three of his chapbooks— Three Visitors, Lent, 1999, and Artifacts and Relics—and the novel, Knight Prisoner are available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble..  He lives with his wife the activist and documentarian, Joan Juster and makes a living pointing out pretty things in San Francisco.

A meager online presence can be found at Facebook.