Perspective by John C. Mannone

Art credit - Elizabeth Stark

Art credit – Elizabeth Stark

 

John C. Mannone has works in Windhover, Artemis, The Southern Poetry Anthology (NC), Still: The Journal, Town Creek Poetry, Negative Capability, Tupelo Press, The Baltimore Review, The Pedestal and others. Author of two literary poetry collections—Apocalypse (Alban Lake Publishing) and Disabled Monsters (The Linnet’s Wings Press)—he’s the poetry editor for Silver Blade and for Abyss & Apex. He won the 2015 Joy Margrave award for creative non fiction and has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry. He is a professor of physics in east TN. Visit The Art of Poetry.

“As a physicist, I often jest about my right-brain coming out of comatose when I started writing poetry. And that my analytical mind informs my poetry with fresh metaphors, but when I marvel at my universe through my telescope of poetry, I am further amazed. Indeed, poetry has enlarged it by teaching me how to think outside the box.”

Apocalypse is a collection of speculative poetry (including a flash poem) addressing external natural disasters, both terrestrial and extraterrestrial, as well as internal disasters that threaten the existence of mankind. The collection is inexpensively priced at $6 (plus $4 shipping) available from Alban Lake Store. The book is perfect bound. Paper is white 50-pound [also sometimes called 20-pound]. Size is 5.5 by 8.5, and 66 pages. The eBook is available on Smashwords for $1.99.

Disabled Monsters is a poetic metaphor on how people cope with physical, mental, emotional and behavioral disability, including disease, depression and death. This collection is forthcoming from The Linnet’s Wings Press.

Early this year, I was the Poet of the Week at Songs of Eretz. After the introduction, scroll to the bottom of the tan page and you’ll see a tab to hit that will take you the newer post to my first poem, “Tattered.” Repeat the process for each day of the week to read: “Working the Wood,” “Alternative Medicine” (which is part of my Disabled Monsters collection due to come out soon), “Bluefish,” and “Book of Dreams.” These poems show a variation in voice and style (my first voice is a lyrical one, but when I want to get edgy, I’ll switch to a conversational one).

Reading prize-winning poetry at a Knoxville Writers’ Guild meeting, Knoxville, TN, 2014.

Reading prize-winning poetry at a Knoxville Writers’ Guild meeting, Knoxville, TN, 2014.

Enjoying the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative fall gathering, New Market, TN, 2014.

Enjoying the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative fall gathering, New Market, TN, 2014.

Hiking Cumberland Gap while attending the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN, 2015.

Hiking Cumberland Gap while attending the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN, 2015.

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