John C. Mannone
I’m considered the
best, but I
never want to be too comfortable. I want the hairs on the back of my neck to
stand straight out into dry air when it stirs. I want my Polaroid sunglasses to
screen out any glare I might have but I never want to be too comfortable that
they’ll hide the quiver in my eyes. I never want to be so comfortable that I’ll
get lost in the static hiss of my thoughts and cannot hear the whisper of
birds, or the soft shuffle of shoes on a carpet. I never want to be too
comfortable that I only taste the wine, and not the sweat hiding under my
shirt; my palms too smooth with confidence. I never want to be so comfortable
that I cannot smell his fear but comfortable enough that he cannot smell mine
before the silenced lead pierces his skull.
C. Mannone has poems in Windhover, North
Dakota Quarterly, Poetry South, Baltimore
Review, and others. Winner/Nominee of numerous
contests/awards, John edits poetry for Abyss
& Apex and other journals. He’s a physics and chemistry professor at
Alice lloyd College in Kentucky.
Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues
in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s
Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she
can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.