John C. Mannone

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I owe my life
to water

I was made
of water
and salt
from earth

There was light
in the world
before it went
inside me

I am made
from the light
of stars and
everlasting water

John C. Mannone has recent poems in North Dakota Quarterly, Foreign Literary Review, and Le Menteur. He was awarded a Jean Ritchie Fellowship (2017) in Appalachian literature. He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex and other journals. A retired university physics professor, John lives between Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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