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Love in ghostly Florence.



Like a lover, spread
before me, unrelentingly
itself, indifferent to me
and all my bitter euphoria.

in the rain, clouds seeded
with desire spent, and desire
regained and that sad old fucker
,full in the sky, over my shoulder
followed me home

—then, when the smoke cleared—

An habitué of years
of lonely Florentine nights;
I pissed on the Fortezza,
walked along the Mugnone
,invisible as Calandrino,
—no heliotrope in my pockets—
writing text messages as your train
lurched towards the Apennines, lurched towards the Alps

and I found your scent
in my room:
It was like coming
face to face
with my own ghost.

I named her Florence.



from Sputnik, released March 11, 2016


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Lee Foust Florence, Italy

Lee Foust is an author and performer from Oakland, California who has lived in Florence, Italy since the mid-1990s. He teaches for various US universities abroad and is the father of one. Lee is the author of Sojourner, a collection of short stories and poems about the mystery of place, and Poison and Antidote, 9 Bohemian tales of San Francisco during the Reagan era. ... more

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