Marc Alan Di Martino

Poet & translator

“Reverse Engineering”

It’s easy to let spring break you, snap you
underfoot at the first orange monarch,
the first cherry blossom mad with light.

Marvel at its undeterred magnificence
until your knees soften and the flesh
on your cheeks flushes candy-apple red.

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 P O R T F O L I O

Poems and translations forthcoming in Packingtown Review, Bad Lilies, Asses of Parnassus, Invisible City, Los Angeles Review and more.


“Slapstick”, “Home Movie” & “A Calf’s Head” – Snakeskin “Reverse Engineering” & “Still Life with Rotting Fruit” – Pidgeonholes


“Black Ships Off Troy” – Kitchen Table Quarterly “Blackbird” & “The Illiterate Fish” (translations of Mario dell’Arco) – One Art • “We live in the flicker.” & “Big Full Moon”Loch Raven Review “Ascension”Cider Press Review “Devil’s Blues” & “Mirror Mirror”Pulsebeat • “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 (defunct, but 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)