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Manny Blacksher grew up in Mobile, Alabama. He went far away---to Montreal, to Dublin, to Pittsburgh . . . Now he lives and works in Mobile, Alabama. He writes, he edits, he reads a lot, and he  [+]

“‘As far as I remember
I have not ever estranged myself from You,
           nor does my conscience prick me for it’.”


                      Purgatorio 33.91-3, Trans. J. & R. Hollander



In high school, when I was still just a kid, I thought
like one. And I didn’t think much of you, Miss Priss
—all long legs and big hair. That you refused the kiss
I risked one night earned my dire contempt. I forgot
the slight, but in my mind the thought of you grew dark.
Beguiled in foreign cities, I fell for sisters
with your smile, your light step, your breathless palaver
laughing grace. Years later, crossing a car park


to embrace a stranger, I would hear your voice
and know. Upstairs, you’d gore me with that wild honeyed
tongue, break down my heart and raise it to rejoice.
Bed like the sun, seraphic animals would carol
Love’s noises till I couldn’t imagine when we’d
not been together in this perfect, verdant world.

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Keith Simmonds · ago
Congratulations for the talent displayed in this great piece of writing, Mannyblacksher!
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Manny Blacksher · ago
Cheers, Keith! Thanks for reading it!
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Houda Belabd · ago
Congratulations, Manny !
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Mary Tabor · ago
My sincere congratulations for this brave and imaginative poem!
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Manny Blacksher · ago
Thanks, Mary! I hope you're keeping well this summer!
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Houda Belabd · ago
My full support to this committed work!
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Manny Blacksher · ago
All my thanks, Houda! Be safe and enjoy the tail-end of summer!
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Tony Martello · ago
Bravo, Manny! congrats on the finals! my continued support. Tony
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Manny Blacksher · ago
Congratulations on your excellent "Maize of Color"!
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Manny Blacksher · ago
Cheers, Tony. I just went over to enjoy "Maize of Color" again.
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Keith Simmonds · ago
A great poem on the theme of disenchantment and disappointment! My support!
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Manny Blacksher · ago
Thanks, Keith. I'll head over to look at your "Dépaysement au Royaume des Animaux." Cheers!
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Manny Blacksher · ago
I'll head over to your piece, "Maize of Color," Tony. But thanks for your kind comments! -Manny
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Tony Martello · ago
I hear your song like a lovebird! Bravo! Powerful poem. My full support-5 votes. When you get a second, check out my entry, "Maize of Color" in the short fiction category and vote if you like it! Tony