In desire which envelops thought
In night where the moon is a handful
of violent birds

“Mark Ducharme I know firsthand as a teacher. And this collection proves it is not just a professional title. Nearly every line of his poetry is a lesson. For writers—‘If you're not destroyed by [it], then you haven't done it correctly.’ For everyone—‘Fear not the invisible but thank her.’

Jonathan Montgomery

Mark DuCharme is the author of The Unfinished: Books I-VI, Answer, The Sensory Cabinet, The Crowd Poems, Infinity Subsections and Cosmopolitan Tremble, among others. He sees the poem, in part, as a refusal of utilitarian language, which is ironic, because he teaches composition.