Mark Turpin is an American poet.
He lives and works in Berkeley, California.
- "Jobsite Wind", Slate
- "Waiting for Lumber", Slate, July 16, 2002
- "The Furrow", Tarpaulin Sky, Winter 2002
- "The Box"; "Pickwork"; "Shithouse"; "In Winter"; "Will Turpin b. 1987"; "Photograph From Antietam", Boston Review, 19.1
- "The Box", Online News Hour, September 2, 2002
- Hammer. Sarabande Books. 2003. ISBN 978-1-889330-86-0.
- Susan Aizenberg, Mark Turpin, Suzanne Qualls (1997). Take three 2. Graywolf Press. ISBN 978-1-55597-254-7.
- "Before Groundbreak". Ploughshares. Winter 1992–1993.[dead link]
- "Photograph From Antietam". Ploughshares. Winter 1992–1993.[dead link]
"Dear god / one needs to be an expert now," according to one in "A Carpenter's Body" from Mark Turpin's debut collection, Hammer. That explicit need—for intuitive expertise, for intimate knowledge, for skill which ennobles human activity—is central to the author's poetics, and appears to be his answer to Stevens' charge that the modern poem find what will suffice; this is an engaging, lucid and textured book, and one whose novelty (Turpin himself is a carpenter by trade) is far outweighed by its ambition.