“Mark Scott possess perfect pitch: a conversational music, a feel for dense textures of sound and unpredictable shifts of syntax, a fresh way of combining informal and formal tones that is utterly engaging. I am struck often in his poems by a comparably forceful and complex sensuousness chastened by analytic rigor, an intense and often distressed introspection, a feeling for the juice, the meat, the life in living things. He is a delicious love poet, a provocative linguistic banterer, a moving and painful elegist.”
“By turns subtly figurative then frank and physical as an open hand, Mark Scott’s poetry is true to its theme: our manifold, many-folded senses of touch, literal and metaphoric. The voice is that of an original mind quite (yet quietly) unlike any other: playful, modest, profound. With an elusive directness making its findings highly readable, this mind/body balance of Tactile Values seems unique in American poetry.”
“There can be heard in the poetry of Mark Scott the voice of a young poet of exceptional distinction and promise. It is a voice of dedicated intimacy, of an always perceiving closeness to other presences and to the things of this world.”
Mark Scott was born in Denver, Colorado, and received his Ph.D. From Rutgers University. Mark Scott’s first collection of poems,Tactile Values, was published by New Issues in 2000. His second,A Bedroom Occupation: Love Elegies, will be published by Lumen Books. His work has been published in such journals asRaritan Review, Kenyon Review, Western Humanities Review, Paris Review, and Poetry. He lives in Omaha.