Marc Alan Di Martino

“Love Poem with Pomegranate”

“Pomegranate, Siena” (1885) by George Henry Hall

​Its tilted presence suggests time’s wilting,
the way it sits defiantly on a plate,
dares you to sink your knife into its hide,
pick it to pieces. Love is like this:
an armored, fragile thing with red-hot core,
exacting patience. Our hands are bloody with it.

from West Review

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


“Neanderthals” – Connecticut River Review “On Divination”Rise Up Review • “On Fate” (translation of Carlo Roncalli) – Asses of Parnassus “Ingenuity” & “A Bona Fide Roman” (translation of Crescenzo Del Monte) – THINK Journal “Obit”Right Hand Pointing “Another Green Word” & “Wild”On the Seawall •Her Vanity” – Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge, Assistant Editor’s Choice Rain” – One Art “For a Philosopher” (translation)- Asses of Parnassus “On Second Avenue”Gyroscope Review Love Poem with Pomegranate” – West Review “Café des Beaux Arts” & “Red Planet Blues”Pulsebeat •Kavafis” – Verse Virtual (reprint) First Girl on the Moon” – Grand Little Things


Sin” – Inklette •Perseid” – Sheila-Na-Gig Nana’s Last Hanukkah” & “Shmattes” – Minyan •Dear Human” & “Burning the Calendar” – Rust + Moth “Sugar Factory”SoFloPoJo Trilussa’s “The Shawl” & Antonia Pozzi’s “Copying”Better Than Starbucks “Sestina for the Falling Autumn Light”Rattle ‘Poets Respond’ “Fuggiasca”, “Ghenizà”, “I Pattinatori” & “Ancora” translated by Angela D’Ambra – Poliscritture • Four poems 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


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


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 (defunct) • “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 


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 (defunct)“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


Morpheus in West Virginia” – Poets Reading the News


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


“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 


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


“Time Traveler” – Big City Lit


“Ninotchka” – Pivot •  Thunder” – Pivot (defunct)


“Genesis” – Greetings (defunct)