Blanc Words by John C. Mannone

Blanc Words

When Fall decembers sky
and steals the warmth

from the wind, what’s left
is the cool inspiration of snow

falling on leaves of grass
as words crystallizing

          on the white expanse
          of the page.

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John C. Mannone has poems appearing in North Dakota Quarterly, Foreign Literary Journal, Le Menteur, Blue Fifth Review, Poetry South, Baltimore Review, the 2020 Antarctic Poetry Exhibition, and others. He won the Impressions of Appalachia Creative Arts Contest in poetry (2020), the Carol Oen Memorial Fiction Prize (2020), and the Joy Margrave Award (2015, 2017) for creative nonfiction. He was awarded a Jean Ritchie Fellowship (2017) in Appalachian literature and served as celebrity judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (2018). His latest collection, Flux Lines: The Intersection of Science, Love, and Poetry, is forthcoming from Linnet’s Wings Press (2021). He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex and other journals, including American Diversity Report as a contributing editor. A retired physics professor, John lives between Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Image Credit: Christmas snow background (PSD Graphics)