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Book 1: High Hedges

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Out For a Stroll, La Alameda, Seville 2021, Watercolour on Card, Mari

Tom Kinsella, Irish Poet, 1928-2021

At the Ocean's Edge

Hero as liberator. There is also
the warrior marked by Fate, who overmasters
every enemy in the known world
until the elements reveal themselves.
And one, finding the foe inside his head,
who turned the struggle outward, against the sea.

Yeats discovered him through Lady Gregory,
and found him helpful as a second shadow
in his own sour duel with the middle classes.
He grew to know him well in his own right--
mental strife, renewal in reverse,
emotional response, the revelation.

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Summer Art Wall

On our ART WALL you can view the images that depict the stories, essays, translations and poems by clicking through to the link on the gallery menu.

They paint a thousand words and more in our 99 page summer 'High Hedges' production as they thread a blend of photography, photoshop, oil paint, illustration and classic art through our contributor compositions.

Flux Lines by John C. Mannone (Latest Pub.)

There are two constants in the poetry of John Mannone: love and science… And they are intertwined--his poems flow effortlessly between poles of desire and precious, precise knowledge. In the world of poetry there is no one who can mine science for metaphor the way Mannone does. Nor move to love so naturally.
--Roald Hoffmann, chemist and writer, professor emeritus at Cornell University and co-recipient of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

John Mannone’s Flux Lines offers a lyrical melding of worlds: love, science, sensuality, geography, heart, astronomy, and wit. The poet knows his science, and knows how to cut a line in a heartbreaking rhythm. Love is the unifying force here, dynamic movement is a constant. The poet is equally at home in mystery and in certainty, in wonder and in the swing of late fall vines or his lover’s hair. A magical volume, this is one that readers will return to for song and hope, for sustenance.
--Marilyn Kallet, author of How Our Bodies Learned, Black Widow Press and the 2018 Knoxville Poet Laureate

“We make our own galaxy," John C. Mannone says, and at the center of Flux Lines, his big and rueful heart “supernovas" in its attempts to reveal moons, stardust, magnetic fields, dunes, the irises of eyes, eclipses, and all the ways in which our lives--if not our words--"orbit" one another. Mannone brings a science-minded curiosity and exuberance to his poems, a gravitational pull toward love, a “swirl of intoxication," if not a profound desire to peer down into the “core/structure" of words, thoughts, and emotions. “Who can tell/one sparrow from another/when they fall?" he asks, yet he, too, is falling-through space, through time, through the intricate and multiple universes which love has formed of his heart.
--Jeff Hardin, author of 5 full collections, including Restoring the Narrative (Donald Justice Poetry Prize) and No Other Kind of World (X. J. Kennedy Prize)

Poet-physicist John Mannone expands the vocabulary of love to include science--and both love and science are better for it. Look at how he captures sights and happenings. From "When the Comet Dust Settles": “ . . . each time a meteor firefly'd the night. From “Tramontane,": “Your thunderous voice, wet with rain, monsoons me . . ." In "The Weatherman Said It Might Rain," as human relations and the sky point toward a tornado, he writes: "I can hear distant rumblings of a locomotive wind." In "Thermodynamics," in describing the end of a relationship, he says: "Refrigerators don't make the cold, they remove the heat." Read these lines, read these poems aloud. They are accurately said. They are differently said. Best of all in poetry, they are well said.
--Mark Littmann, Professor, Hill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and author of Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024 and 5 other astronomy books and 36 planetarium shows

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Sweetie and Jack by Nonnie Augustine

Let’s walk through this park. We can talk until dark.
You have the look of a wolf. I’m not stupid, Jack.
I’m a lamb, you’ll see, once you get to know me.
That tat is fierce and your leathers tight black.
My ink is old and black suits me, I’m told.
S’cuse me for saying, but your nose is too long.
Family curse, nothing worse. You have sweet little feet.
Did you just eat red meat? Your breath is so strong.
I’ll pop a peppermint. Just wait a minute, Sweets.
Such a wide mouth, sharp teeth and your eyes have that gleam!
But my lips are soft and my hips are hot.
Well, hell. Let’s do it. I’m loving this dream


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