Marc Alan Di Martino

Who Knows, Maybe

by Eugenio Montale

Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be witness
to the miracle occurring over my shoulder
in an air of glass: behind me, nothing less
than the void, stricken with a drunkard’s fear.

Then, as if on-screen, things suddenly
appear: trees, houses, hills ‒ the familiar illusions.
Too late; and I’ll just wander off quietly
into the faceless crowd, armed with my vision.

[read more at On the Seawall]


P  O  E  T  R  Y   •   O  N  L  I  N  E

2021

Quattro poesie (translated by Angela D’Ambra)Almanacco Punto • “Lilith”Second Chance Lit Four Poems by Mario dell’Arco – On the Seawall High Noon” – Counterclock “But I Was Young” & “To-Do List”Monday Night “Reading Yiddish”The Night Heron Barks “Watercolor of Two Cranes”Ligeia Magazine “Arachne”TELEPHONE • “Re:” & “Surrounded by Fire”Juke Joint • “Homage to the Italian Language” – Raintown Review  •  “New Year’s Morning in Mystic, Connecticut”BigCityLit  “What I Think About When I Think About Running” “Winter” & “Conjuror” Verse-Virtual •  Three Poems by Eugenio Montale: “Who Knows, Maybe” “Above the Graffitied Wall” & “Euphrates”On the Seawall   •  “Solstice”One Sentence Poems  “Pandemic!” & “Promise”Verse-Virtual

2020

Still” – Rattle Poets Respond  “Bad Atonement” & “Kavafis” – THINK Journal “Elegy in Via Giulia” – Soundings East  “Landscape” & “Hunter”Verse-Virtual “Crossed” – Making Up (Picture Show Press, anthology) •  “Ninotchka” & “Time Traveler”Verse-Vitual • “Shattered” Furious Gazelle • “Serendipity”, “The Door” & “Duality”Verse-Virtual •  “Upstate”Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge, Editor’s Choice  •  “St. Peter’s Square”First Things  •  “In Krasnaya Gorka”Tinderbox Poetry Journal  “Lost Astronaut”Boston Accent Lit  “Impossible Bottle”ROOM  •  “Prayer” – Free Inquiry • “Waning Moon”First Things “To a Warbler”Rust+Moth “Dark Matter” & “Unsentimental Journey” Verse-Virtual “The Voidoids Play CBGB, Late ’77”Ghost City Review •  “Open Mic Night” – Ligeia Magazine • “Hit & Run”, “Lutherville”, “Speed Freak” & “With Our Bare Hands”  –  Loch Raven Review “Geniza”  –  Italian Americana  • “Self-Portrait in a New Year’s Ball”  –  Verse-Virtual  •  “Cubism”  –  One Sentence Poems  •  Death Box”  –  Ligeia Magazine

2019

Crabs” – Valparaiso Poetry Review • Lush Life” – Furious Gazelle • Pentameter” “Arithmetic” & “In Edinburgh” – Orchards Poetry Journal • Unburial” – Unearthed • How It’s Made”  –  an interview with Frontier Poetry • In Poland, Once” – Rivet Journal • Heaven” – Loch Raven Review • Making a Jack-O-Lantern” & “Blood Stiletto” – Vamp Cat Magazine (thanks for the Pushcart nomination!) • “What Happened at the Baptism” – Matador Review • Epiphanies” – Verse-Virtual • Requiem for an Ocean Burial” – Palette Poetry (nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize by the anthology What Remains: The Many Ways We Say Goodbye.) • “Caravaggio Was Our Matchmaker” – Verse-Virtual • “Runaway” – Baltimore Review • “Still Life with City” – Verse-Virtual • “On Maujer St.”  – Flatbush Review • “The Skaters” – Innisfree Poetry Journal • “Dear Cuck” – Rattle • “New Year’s Eve” – Verse-Virtual 

2018

A User’s Guide to Rocks and Minerals” – Verse-Virtual •  Cat Person” – The Road Not Taken – A Journal of Formal Poetry •  Starman” – Verse-Virtual •  Breaking” – Poets • Reading the News •  “Somebody Suggested the World Needed More Vampire Poems, So I Wrote One” – Verse-Virtual •  Submission Guidelines” – Gravel •  “To the Night Sky”, “Luftmensch” & “To Ink” – Verse-Virtual •  “Pawn’s Game” & “Blue Ridge Service Station” – Tuck Magazine •  “National Day of Atonement” – Writers Resist •  “To the Horned Moon” – Verse-Virtual •  “Space Station Crew Sees Lots of Clouds” – Ekphrastic Review •  “Worth It”  – Rattle ‘Poets Respond’ •  The King Is Dead” – Poets Reading the News

2017

Morpheus in West Virginia” – Poets Reading the News

2011

Samuel Menashe Reads at the Harvard Club (pdf)” – Italian Americana

2009

“Death of an Artist” & On My Great Grandfather’s 131st Birthday” (pdf) – Poetry Salzburg Review •  Poems of Mario dell’Arco & Translating Mario dell’Arco – Journal of Italian Translation  (These are, to my knowledge, the only translations available in English of this great Italian poet.)

2008

“The Muhammadiad” – The New Yorker •  “Seagulls” , “Poets” & “Memorandum” – Battered Suitcase

2007

“Time Traveler” – Big City Lit

2002

“Ninotchka” – Pivot •  Thunder” – Pivot

2000

“Genesis” – Greetings