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 is a poet, biographer, and critic. He was born in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany in the depths of the Cold War, and grew up in various places-Germany, upstate New York, California, Texas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. He now lives in Montclair (New Jersey) and Manhattan. Scroggins has written or edited three books on the poet Louis Zukofsky (including The Poem of a Life: A Biography of Louis Zukofsky) and a study of the English fantasy author Michael Moorcock. His essays and reviews have been collected in three volumes: Intricate Thicket: Reading Late Modernist Poetries, The Mathematical Sublime: Writing About Poetry, and Arcane Pleasures: On Poetry and Some Other Arts. He has edited a selection of the erotic writings of the Victorian poet Algernon Charles Swinburne. For the past seven years, Scroggins has been working on a long serial poem, Zion Offramp; the first fifty sections are being published by MadHat Press.