Cover Art: Jane Dalrymple-Hollo
Mark DuCharme's first full length collection includes poems which first appeared in ACM, Boulder Planet, Combo, Dead Metaphor Press Broadside, The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry: 1994-1995, ixnay, Kenning, lower limit speech, Misc Proj, Pavement Saw, The Poets' Calendar for the Millennium, Ribot, Shiny, Situation, and Talisman as well as in the chapbook Desire Series from Dead Metaphor Press (1999).
Behold the multitude of forms that dance through the streets of this cosmopolis! Free agent Mark DuCharme is the architect of an awesome city of words sometimes tender, sometimes tough, always wonderful to wander through.
Mark DuCharme's poems in COSMOPOLITAN TREMBLE say astonishing things. That is the "business" of poems: to say astonishing things. Some poems say astonishing things once in a while, some with greater frequency, some hardly ever. Of course, it all depends on what the reader may or may not find astonishing. Some readers may be more easily astonished than some others. Personally, I don't think I am all that easily astonished. To get back to the subject of this note, I find that Mark DuCharme's poems say astonishing things practically ALL THE TIME ! By that I mean that they really keep me awake. From the expansive vistas of the title sequence, on through the more jagged and mysterious ones of <Desire Series> and the cinema noir of <X (secret fuel)>, to the coda of <Anything It Could Be>, Mark Du Charme takes us on a Long March, a Wild Trip, a Civilized Orgy of Cognitive Dissonance, whatever that means, well it means these poems are great serious fun to read and reread, and I urge you to do so.
The domestic is a crash test in Mark DuCharme's party-of-the-first-part telling. He outs "Genders of the obvious" and gets into "Gestures capped in answerable wool." The "desire" in this series is warier than that of, say, Barthes, where it is "taxidermy" which is "lovely" and where "The heart being nothing/ Agitates slightly."
Zip and sharp wit drive this new collection of Mark DuCharme's. It's a brainy engagement with the real world expanded by the forces of language--"In weather's pearlish mystery," "In purer emblems of a tumbling incitement," "In the genre of kissing or falling down," DuCharme finds a world full of acute emotion and vivid experience, and recounts it with a freshness you can almost hear aloud.