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Roots & Branches Series
Mark DuCharme's poems are "thoroughly surreal, yet not bumptiously so. There's dignity in his 'madness' and thereby a composition of new sense. One senses that the new sense, while playful, is also keenly expressive of a social view. DuCharme's poetry, with its pioneering juxtapositions, grows on you in humor, sense and poetic beauty. Featured amidship is a wild, 26-page alphabet zoo. And then there are the other poems: realistic, even deadly, like 'Provisional Kiwi,' so that we wind up with a tough-mindedness that ranges, cinematically, from Brakhage to Bogart and back. Love of language's dynamics dominates all."
Mark DuCharme is the author of more than a dozen books and chapbooks of poetry. Among the most recent are THE SENSORY CABINET (BlazeVOX Books, 2007), The Crowd Poems (Potato Clock Editions, 2007), INFINITY SUBSECTIONS (Meeting Eyes Bindery, 2004), Cosmopolitan Tremble (Pavement Saw, 2002) and Anon (cowritten with Anselm Hollo, Patrick Pritchett & Laura E. Wright, with illustrations by Jane Dalrymple-Hollo: Potato Clock Editions, 2001). His poetry and poetics essays have been appearing widely in print and online journals since the early 1990s. DuCharme is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his MFA degree from Naropa University. Winner of the Neodata Endowment Grant in Literature (Poetry) in 2006 and of a Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry from Sun & Moon Press, he was a coordinator of the Left Hand Reading Series, the archives of which can be found on the University of Pennsylvania's PennSound website. He now curates the Stratford Park Reading Series. He has taught in Naropa University's renowned Summer Writing Program, and teaches at Front Range Community College. DuCharme lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.