Romance (An Episodic Narrative)

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Commuter train, Florence—Pontassieve.


ROMANCE (An Episodic Narrative)

Escape a taut tourniquet bent
torment not to drip drop drip
that tension out, to congeal
the temptation to taste the deep
at the nape, bristle in time
to brush past perfume sick
or sweat lovely, B-L-A-R-E, trestle
past the other train, not on time
no, never kept intact that
ticking thought

that wreck
that wrought this romance.

S. Francesco


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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