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Welcome to the Flapper Press Poetry Café: Poet Mark Tulin

Updated: Sep 2, 2022

By Annie Newcomer:

Flapper Press is thrilled to begin 2021 with the launch of the Flapper Press Poetry Café. Each week we will feature compelling poetry and the poets who create them. So, get settled in a comfy chair, grab a cup of coffee and a croissant, and enjoy!

This week we feature the poetry of Mark Tulin.

A former family therapist who lives in Ventura, California, Mark has a Pushcart Prize nomination for a short story in Active Muse. He has authored Magical Yogis (Prolific Press), Awkward Grace (Kelsay Books), The Asthmatic Kid and Other Stories (Madville Publishing), and a recent collection of poetry, Junkyard Souls (Alien Buddha Press). Mark has also appeared in Vita Brevis, Amethyst Review, Ariel Chart, Fiction on the Web, The Opiate, as well as anthologies and podcasts. He can be found at and on Twitter @Crow_writer.

We reached out to Mark for a brief interview:

AN: How and when did you come to Poetry?

MT: I came to poetry naturally when I was in my middle teens. One night, I took a marble notebook and started to write my feelings in the form of poetry. I hadn't read much poetry until that point, but I learned later that my mother wrote poetry around the age I started. Perhaps there's a genetic connection.

AN: What do you hope a poet will take away from your poems?

MT: In most of my poetry, I attempt to convey my experience at the moment, whether it is what I feel when I see an ocean wave or passing someone on the street who piques my interest—a bit out of the ordinary. I look for the peculiar and often attempt to give a voice to the voiceless.


From Mark:

Much of my recent poetry takes place on the California beaches of Santa Barbara and Ventura during the morning hours. The poems reflect the vibe I feel by the coastline, the people I notice, objects along the sand, and how my senses are affected.

"Ocean Analyst" speaks of the ocean's therapeutic quality, "Hungry Refugee" is about how difficult it is to be a homeless drifter, and "Postcard from Ventura Beach" is a poetic impression of the beach.

Ocean Analyst

I talk to the moving


as if she were my analyst

easing over

my denial

cleansing my hang-ups

and my relationship


The ocean

sees right through me

and knows me better

than myself,

absorbs me in her

morning mist

and the deepest mysteries

of my dark.


Hungry Refugee

Sometimes I feel like a refugee

with a yellow stripe,

walking along the coastline,

searching with my sidekick

sifting and digging

through the sand,

diving into trash

that blew along the dune

There are things

I don’t know,

and don’t care to understand

My life satisfies on chance,

feeling the push and pull

of my natural selection

as I scour the beach

on instinct.


Postcard from Ventura Beach



rolling waves

sky rising high

and outward

the music

played by nature

without human melody


in its peace


in thought


eyes seeing


sand and water

birds flying

fish swimming

quietly reaching



FlapperPress launches the Flapper Press Poetry Café.

Presenting a wide range of poetry with a mission to promote a love and understanding of poetry for all.

We welcome submissions for compelling poetry and look forward to publishing and supporting your creative endeavors. Submissions may also be considered for the Pushcart Prize.

Submission Guidelines:

1. Share at least three (3) poems

2. Include a short bio of 50–100 words, written in the third person.

(Plus any website and links.)

3. Share a brief backstory on each submitted poem

4. Send all submissions and questions to:

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