Mark Butkus

Biography of Mark Butkus

Mark Butkus poet

Mark Butkus wrote about the environment for more than 20 years. In Mexico, he exercises the left side of his brain. As one of the founders of the Bar None Group he has edited two anthologies of English writing from the Costalegre region of Mexico. Caught between two worlds he now calls Chicago home.

Poems listed at Poemhunter first appeared on the Bar None Group website at: with the following exceptions: 'Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder' first appeared online at Stories Space and; 'For A Mother' appeared on the now dormant Basil and Spice.

The Bar None Group welcomes submissions from writers novice and established. Visit the website for details or email: barnonegroup(at)

Mark Butkus's Works:

Bar None: An Anthology of English Writing from the Costalegre (2010)

Take Two: Another Anthology of English Writing from the Costalegre (2012)

Last Call: Poems, Stories and Art from the Costalegre (2015) Updates

From Love And Squalor

When your name is stolen from a book
it's easy to lift lines
I don't know if she knows it
or even if it matters

Looking up toward the stars
she asks for recognition
Closer than the distant heavens
she lives within my heart

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