Always conscious of what he’s doing, and yet often genuinely surprised that he’s doing it, Mark Tursi dismembers the elaborate machine of desire and displays its parts—for us to recognize, both as ours and as ourselves. His meticulous and ruthless observation, his insistent tracking of the truth through detail, is ultimately an act of compassion that finds the human even in our crevasses. Often funny, always frank, Mark has found a way to blend genre so seamlessly that he gets beyond it altogether and strikes writing itself—the only form bare enough to embody emotion without distorting it.
Mark Tursi, author of The Impossible Picnic (BlazeVOX, 2007), is one of the editors and founders of the literary journal Double Room, as well as the literary press Apostro-phe Books. His own poetry, fiction and criticism have appeared in Del Sol Review, Luna, 26, Denver Quarterly, Divide, Interim, Rain Taxi, Electronic Poetry Review, and others.
$7 Paperback | Published 2007