Book 1: High Hedges
Out For a Stroll, La Alameda, Seville 2021, Watercolour on Card, Mari
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.
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.
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.
Amazon Shop Link
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
Tommy Troublemaker and the Sweethearts