I wanted everything
the notes, the
its aftertaste on
of your tongue,
caressed against the dark
Moors in mountains
sadness pulling me,
hungry, tears yours rolling
into the sound hole
before I had a
chance to drink.
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This is Love
They are lovers and you’ve seen them do this.
They take turns watching, then feeding, so natural and
I’ll watch the sky; you
work to build the furnace that we’ll need in the bedchamber.
They switch and one will peck for anything in the shape of
another day of life.
They waddle, they build, they take stock of the size of shadows.
The direction of wind.
This is love. The
attention, moments of work, an abrupt flutter
a turn to say Here we are together, the settling down.
Jim Mancinelli Bio: His first chapbook, Primer,
was self-published. His second chapbook,
In Deep, was published by Plan B
Press. His writing is informed by the
spirit, the earth, the heavens, the voices of his Italian heritage. His poems have appeared in various issues of Philadelphia Poets, The Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, Sea Change, Mad Poets Review,
Fox Chase Review and Poetry Ink, an anthology of Philadelphia
poets. He has been a featured reader in various Philadelphia, New Jersey and
Delaware venues and a featured reader on Live
from Kelly Writer’s House. He was selected
as a finalist in the2011 Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, judged by Mark
Doty. Jim’s latest work is a poetic
sequence entitled The Bartimeus Poems
for which he also did the improvisational drawings. He is the moderator and founder of the Moveable Beats Reading Series in Philadelphia, which began in 2007. Jim teaches in the Department of
Communication Sciences and Disorders at
La Salle University in Philadelphia.
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