In his second collection, Marck L. Beggs explores a wide range of poetic forms and subjects. From the formal structure of the sonnet to invented forms and linguistic experiments, from the vulgar to the salubrious, from the humorous to the offensive, the poet brings a new voice and a fresh sense of urgency to each poem. The result is a book which crosses genres and schools of poetry. Beggs's poems veer from the immediately accessible to the obscure; in a word: eclectic.
"Marck L. Beggs' second collection of poetry, Libido Café, further positions him as one of Arkansas' most compelling contemporary poets. Beggs smoothly juggles tone, sound, and form without one drop. His insights cut through common experiences and social hypocrisies like a serrated edge. He will have you laughing before you notice the hint of a bitter aftertaste. There is beauty and wonder around the edges of these poems, and your famished senses will not thirst at this café. Drink up."
The Arkansas Review
Marck L. Beggs earned his Ph.D. from the University of Denver, his M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College, and currently is a professor and graduate dean at Henderson State University. Mostly, though, he lives a simple life in a cabin by a pond in Arkansas, sort of like Thoreau with technology. He is also the author of Catastrophic Chords (Salmon Poetry, 2008) and Godworm (1995). His folk-rock band, dog gods, released their debut CD in 2008. Beggs also edits an online journal devoted to Arkansas writers, the Arkansas Literary Forum.