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Mark Wunderlich

Mark Wunderlich is the author of three collections of poems, with his fourth, God of Nothingness, forthcoming from Graywolf. His other collections include The Earth Avails (Graywolf, 2014), which received the Rilke Prize; Voluntary Servitude (Graywolf, 2004); and The Anchorage (Massachusetts, 1999), which received the Lambda Literary Award. He is the director of the Bennington Writing Seminars graduate writing program and lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. 


Death of a Cat

Summer 2019 | Poetry

Little beast on the metal table, she took
the needle into her forepaw 

and didn’t flinch. The medicinal death
fit itself inside her, ran the blue and red map,

burned up into her lungs and brain
and heart, which slowed,

and she slept until there was no breath left
and her body emptied itself of air.

Haunted House

Summer 2019 | Poetry

I moved into the haunted house
and gutted it to the bones. I wasn’t alone then,

and worked there as a team. 
We evicted squirrels from their vast nutshell nest,

filled dumpsters with fifty years of trash.


Summer 2019 | Poetry

My mother is alive and funny
in the house above the marsh.

I think she does not miss my father much
as he is still alive, though elsewhere.