Mark Cunningham


Nicolas Lacaille named Mensa, the faintest of constellations, after the mountain he was standing on. I've heard that there are constellations not visible from the earth. Where, then, are the human eyes to connect the dots? Each time I saw the freckle on the left side of her labia, I remembered the X-ray-looking print that proved the existence of one of the more distant planets, Neptune maybe, a dark dot on milky paper. The best boast I know is Ride's in "Black Night Crash": "he's looking at the moon, but I'm an astronaut."

Mark Cunningham's poems have recently appeared in Alice Blue and Dusie. He is the author of two chapbooks, one on the Mudlark site (2002) and one on the Right Hand Pointing site (2006). Tarpaulin Sky Press will be bringing out a book tentatively titled Body Language, which will be a sort of diptych containing two separate collections, one titled Body (on parts of the body) and one titled Primer (on numbers and letters).

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