As I lie
the hand strokes
as the inside
of a girl’s thigh

And yes
the hard flesh
       tracking these sheets is
as the sun-warmed
          beach sand brushed
                             from her body

As I alone
        stand firm
        this image
        the clean lines
Image Credit:Joel Overbeck

Born into a military family in the early days of the Cold War, Mark Grinyer spent most of his childhood and youth following his father, an Air Force officer, to many different stations in the United States and overseas. He went to college at the University of California, Riverside, where he began writing and publishing poetry.  After being drafted into the Army in 1969, he returned to the university, and received a PhD in English and American Literature. He developed a particular interest in the roles of poetry and poets in modern society, and in the use of scientific and natural scenes or images as vehicles for understanding our place in the modern world.


He spent the next 25 years working as a technical editor and proposal Born specialist in industry and as a Lecturer at California State University in Fullerton. After retiring, he continued with his poetry and renewed his attempts to publish it in literary journals and books. He is currently writing and living on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest in Southern California.


He has published poetry in print and on-line literary magazines across the U. S. and overseas. His poems have been published in The Kansas Quarterly, The Literary Review, The Spoon River Quarterly, The Pacific Review, Perigee, Cordite, Writers Resist, Crosswinds Poetry Journal,  Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, Irises: The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize annual, and elsewhere. A chapbook, Approaching Poetry, was published in 2017 by Finishing Line Press.