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she has child's fingers 
grasping at her hair 
     a little awkward 
grasping for the cake 
     not quite coordinated 
grasping for adulthood 
     not quite independent 
knows the city streets 
     but freeways will confuse 
with our voices down 
     keeping secrets from her roommate 
holding truths to be self-evident 
     with her pants off in the car 
with her child's fingers 
     grasping for presents 
     grasping for the future 
     grasping for adulthood 
not quite independent

Mark is a pioneer of algorithmic, nonlinear, and computer-mediated narrative, whose work is highly regarded by the five or six people in the world who care about algorithmic, nonlinear, and computer-mediated narrative. His formal experiments, poetry and vignettes have appeared in Big Bridge, Epiphany, Word Riot, the SoMa Literary Review, Inkburns, Comrades and elsewhere. His work is cited by *The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism* as its culminating example of literary Postmodernism, meaning that, according to Cambridge University, the history of western literature begins with Homer and ends with Mark. Mark very much enjoys saying that out loud.