November 3, 2016

Three Poems by Mark Danowsky: "Fray," "Needful," and "Seams"

Mark Danowsky’s poetry has appeared in About Place, Allegro, Beechwood Review, The Broadkill Review, Cordite, Elohi Gadugi, Grey Sparrow, and elsewhere. His mini-chapbook, NIGHTFALLEN, was published by Origami Poems Project in 2016. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Mark currently resides in North-Central West Virginia. He works for a private detective agency and is Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.


In a scattered mindset
(which can go on for days)
I read poem after poem
unable to determine what I like

Still it’s easier to say “Forget this”
stop reading altogether
rather than confirm quality, goodness
turns out to require balance


College radio is copilot
as I drive the main drag

Two nights earlier, a shooting
so I'm glad to see cops

Saturday, dusk, tentative
folks look ready for a story


That I can't see in a mirror
What can be pointed out

The frayed shirt collar
The holes around seams

My comfort taken over
Concern for others

~Mark Danowsky

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