DAMAGE collects over three decades of Mark Scroggins’s poetry: from the jittery, post-punk influenced work of Anarchy, to the vitriolic time-and-space travelogues of RED ARCADIA, to the brutal, pointillistic thrash-jazz miniatures of TORTURE GARDEN: NAKED CITY PASTORELLES, to the more expansive yet still sardonic poems of Pressure Dressing. These titles are supplemented by a selection of both early and more recent work, all of it marked by Scroggins’s characteristic wit, thoughtfulness, formal innovation, and wistful lyric intelligence.
Mark Scroggins was born in West Germany and grew up in a number of places, including upstate New York, California, Kentucky, and Tennessee. His parents were an elementary school teacher and a Russian linguist. He has written scholarly monographs on the poet Louis Zukofsky and the fantasist Michael Moorcock, and a critical biography of Zukofsky. He has edited a selection of Algernon Charles Swinburne's erotic poetry. His previous collections of essays and reviews are Intricate Thicket: Reading Late Modernist Poetries (2015) and The Mathematical Sublime: Writing About Poetry (2016). Scroggins's poems have been collected in DAMAGE: POEMS 1988-1022 and Zion Offramp 1-50. He lives in Montclair (New Jersey) and Manhattan.