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Poetry. California Interest. Art. Film. Music. The follow-up to his beloved debut collection Beauty Was the Case that They Gave Me, Mark Leidner's RETURNING THE SWORD TO THE STONE is simultaneously profound and irreverent, in the same way that the world is flat as we walk and round as we live. A child surprised that a neon sign / isn't hot the first time they touch one / knows how it feels as an adult to achieve one's goals states the speaker of Youth Is A Fugitive and this sentiment is one of the central precepts of RETURNING THE SWORD TO THE STONE. Congealing directly off the page, these are poems that only Mark Leidner could have written.