Mark Osaki

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Mark Osaki has received awards for his poetry from the Academy of American Poets, University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco Arts Commission, Seattle Arts Council, Mr. Congito and the National Endowment for the Arts.

He received his B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, and a M.F.S. and Ph.D. in International Relations from Georgetown University more »

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Such A Lovely Dress

Let’s pretend that fulfillment
is just another dress
that I can compliment.
Easy discretion that allows
no shielding of eyes
or the delicate harm
of a lingering afterthought.

We are lucky to have such distractions
to keep us faithful to necessity.
Chances narrow with experience,
and what is hope but proof of pain
after all. Better to be understood
than loved, you said.

Better a dance of manners
that claims nothing
and wastes each momentary promise
with playful approval,
as though you’ve saved your whole life
for some new ...

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