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Mark States has written three poetry collections (Reinvention from Mother's Hen in 1995, Grip of the Past from CC Marimbo Communications in 2000, and Tongue Control from The Laguna Poets Series #215 from The Inevitable Press in 2001).
Host of Poetry Express in Berkeley (2002-2011), facilitator of the Public Speaking for Poets workshops, Mark has featured at such venues as Da Poetry Lounge (Los Angeles), Essenza Slam (Mesa, AZ), Barnes & Noble-San Diego, and the Oakland Literature Expo 2004 & 2005.
Mark has appeared in such publications as Oracle, Poetalk, The Plastic Tower, and San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly; and on-line in Poetrymagazine.com, Muse Apprentice Guild and The November 3rd Club.
“Always pushing, always pulling, always in the races” - The Cars “Misfit Kid” (c)1980
She’s the bouncing ball
jumping from syllable to syllable
she can’t complete a sentence, finish a thought
and you can’t get a word in
By the time you get an hour into a day-long project
she’s changed it
like getting out of a business suit and getting into casual dinner attire,
or like a model who walks off the runway
and is due back on in 5 minutes
in a different outfit.
It’s no small wonder
when a person who races all day doesn’t seem to get anywhere
but here she is
the adrenaline jockey
and we’re the horses –
we know to jump the steeple when the reins yank
on our throats
to speed up when the spur of an ulcer rips into our belly
we know the field
is not a race course with a defined beginning and an end
we are here to run
wherever the adrenaline jockey takes us.