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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mark Blaeuer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Poetry

Born: 1954 in Alton, Illinois

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Blaeuer grew up in Edwardsville. He attended Illinois College in Jacksonville. Between 1977 and 1979 he resided in Lewistown, and worked at Dickson Mounds State Museum.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mark Blaeuer has a M.A. from the University of Arkansas. He held positions in the fields of archeology and physical anthropology, and was employed for twenty years by the National Park Service. Currently residing near Hot Springs, Arkansas, Blaeuer researches baseball history and writing/translating poetry.


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Titles At Your Library

Fragments of a Nocturne
ISBN: 069227720X

White Violet Press. 2014

With his trained eye supplementing his poetic vision, Mark Blaeuer reminds us that the body is composed of both minerals and memories, and we come to and from the same still place. This book has the smell of earth all over it. With the brevity and deft turns which typify Blaeuer’s style, the title poem sees the moon as both “ancient midwife” and “the size of a tumor.” Clear-eyed, Blaeuer explores the bond of life and death, and the god of solitude seems to walk with him. His poems are detailed and telling observations of human ties to the environment. The isness of the business of life is what matters. The precision of his phrasing is outstanding, from the arch comedy of “Tableau” to the natural-religious in “Easter” with its “faith / in the body / temporal” and “Blessing of the Stones”: “Because the stones are not concerned / about survival, beauty lives.” Here is a poet offering “Warmth to all life” without denying either its violence or its beauty. For Blaeuer, the world deepens through being seen as it is. He listens to the earth, and it sings for him.
~ Cally Conan-Davies
Mark Blaeuer’s poems, like that wonderful image of a bird carved on a brick (from “Clay”), bear witness to a rich engagement with the world, telling us again and again that “there was a real bird also, and it flew.” To enter the thoughtful and complex world of this book is to encounter poems with wit and humor, with dense, clanging music, and with a fine-tuned and varied sense of form. By the end of this beautiful volume, we, like the flea market proprietor in “Tableau” will say, “Look, this is poetry.”
~ Davis McCombs
Mark Blaeuer digs through stones and dirt. He finds the bones of a Romanov here, a blessing from a village priest there. In water, he sees drowned trees and the reflection of gods. There’s something elemental and dangerous happening here. Handle these pages carefully, and don’t open the blinds. Someone’s watching.
~ Russell Streur

Baseball in Hot Springs (Images of Baseball)
ISBN: 1467115053

Arcadia Publishing. 2016

Hot Springs, Arkansas, with its thermal water baths, attracted its first big-league outfit when the National League champion Chicago White Stockings traveled south for spring training in 1886. The baseball colony grew as dozens of other clubs followed. Individual players flocked here as well to hike, golf, and boil out in bathhouse steam cabinets prior to leaving for training camps elsewhere. Nearly half of Cooperstowns Hall of Famers made the pilgrimage to this baseball mecca. Major- and minor-league aggregations, legendary teams, players of the Negro Leagues, and baseball schools for budding players and umpires all come to bat in Images of Sports: Baseball in Hot Springs.