Close Encounters

Extraterrestrials — we chart
the topographies of feeling. 

We abducted grief, poked
and prodded: found nocturnes,

saline solutions, saxophones thrown
through broken windows. 

The cartography shifts. Lost, 
we erase memory. Light-years

distant from even ourselves,
we miss most the missing time. 


Mark L. Anderson lives and writes in Spokane, Washington. He co-founded the popular Broken Mic spoken word poetry series and has traveled the United States performing. He has received a GAP award from Washington Artist Trust and was named the inaugural Ken Warfel Fellow in 2012. From 2017 to 2019 he served as Spokane’s poet laureate. His first book, Scarecrow Oracle, was published by Korrektiv Press.