Pier 7, San Francisco, 7 AM

Her singing echoed
against a neap tide.
No one heard. It was no show.
Steps rang as fishermen left
for work. Wide
ships sailed by to rest
under cranes. Tugboats blew low
notes. The moon was almost grown.



About the Poet:
Mark J. Mitchell studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver, George Hitchcock and Barbara Hull. His work has appeared in various periodicals over the last thirty five years, as well as anthologies including Good Poems, American Places. It has also been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and The Best of the Net. He has three chapbooks in print: Lent 1999, (Leaf Garden), Three Visitors (Negative Capability Press) and Artifacts and Relics (Folded Word) and a novel, Knight Prisoner, (Vagabondage Press) He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the documentarian Joan Juster.


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