by John C. Mannone

After Los Amigos by Julio Cortárzar

Salvation can be found in tobacco smoke
or steam from coffee, or ethereal vapors
of wine as they rise to the edge of night
like a song I can barely hear or those voices
of destiny in the stars, whose pale shadows
frighten me. The dead always whisper loudly.
When the darkness comes for me, I know
the fog will swirl; my voice will rise in quiet

Musical composition by Victor David Sandiego

John C. Mannone has over 450 works published in venues such as Inscape Literary Journal, Windhover, Drunk Monkeys, Artemis, 2016 Texas Poetry Calendar, Southern Poetry Anthology (NC), Still: The Journal, Town Creek Poetry, Tupelo Press, Baltimore Review, Pedestal, Raven Chronicles and others. Author of two literary poetry collections—Apocalypse (Alban Lake Publishing, Jul 2015) and Disabled Monsters (The Linnet’s Wings Press, Dec 2015)—he’s the poetry editor for Silver Blade and Abyss & Apex, and has served as guest poetry editor for Inkspill Magazine (Issue 4, 2011) and Eye To The Telescope (Issue 14, 2014), as well as the 2013 Rhysling Chair. He won the 2015 Joy Margrave award for creative nonfiction and the 2015 Tennessee Mountain Writers poetry award. His work has been nominated three times for the Pushcart. He is a professor of physics in east Tennessee.


Lovely, like a song
Cynthia Low, May 17, 2014