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Collage of Uncertain Poets







Collage of Uncertain Poets





You lay in your last sleep

death is a memory of rivers with no names

a system of ghosts

open the curtains of your being

death passes us

the voice of the last cricket

last fingers of a leaf

a street whose name and number has been erased

before you became a cloud.



It's the metallic hour

night feels tight as a jar

watery night creatures

crisscross

erratic complicated shape

diamond spheres

fury of your memory

from loneliness I sleep when will the night end.



Float above envelope full of organ's rosy music

ear tuned in early to hear beneath call to end

the brain's shooting gallery

after punishment is done with me

teeth slam against each other

excellence in a knife throw

the murkiness of

tomorrow watches us all day.



I sat at the cold

applauding wind

I am on a parapet looking down

what are the habits of paradise

crime of nostalgia

passion is molten

just wait a while the water will run dear.





John Raffetto




John Raffetto is a lifelong resident of Chicago.
Some of his poetry has been published in print and various online magazine such as Gloom Cupboard, Wilderness House, BlazeVox, Literary Orphans, Olentangy Review & Exact Change. Nominated for Pushcart Prize 2017. Holds degrees from the University of Illinois and Northeastern Illinois University. Worked as a horticulturalist and landscape designer for many years at the Chicago Park District which was a rich environment for drawing inspiration for poems concerning nature, people and the city. Currently a adjunct professor at Triton College.



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