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Joseph Salvatore Aversano



PALMENHAUS
A Visitor's Guide


Central Pavilion

Having purchased your ticket, you go in, till all the leaves wrap round, till you're in yet another outside.


South Pavilion

& in the hothouse tropics, each flower's a Chihulian fancy. & in the fevery steam, you look in circles for the door.


North Pavilion

But in the coldhouse, the dampness always drips. & as there is little terra firma in mud, you're already elsewhere.



AT ATTERSEE


As seen from the dock [cropped out of the picture]: rippled tones in the lake bottom sand, but so framed as to be without a shore. I wanted to paint this, but not explain it away by calling it "Infinity"——and then the light shifts, and one goes on to paint something different (for instance, the giant poplar protecting the church). Though it seems that often what I wish to paint's already painted, because the mood's already there, and despite me.

the poplar's way the storm moves




    ON LEAVING    SEDGES & CAIRNS

             cloud print    shadow on the mountain where to climb
sound of footsteps    followed by bamboo

                   trail    under    growth    more    rain      




O
SI
RIS
CY
CLE



relics

in every which direction

osiris



the garden of osiris wide as the flood



to osiris uncut an umbilical vine



osiris

planted

remains



Joseph Salvatore Aversano is a native New Yorker based in Ankara, Turkey. His poetry has been published in both print and online journals including Bones, Frogpond, The Heron's Nest, The Mainichi, Modern Haiku, The Other Bunny, Otoliths, and Sonic Boom; and a prose sequence is to appear in the next issue of Ping-Pong. In 2014, he received, in addition to the Modern Haiku Award, a first prize HaikuNow! Award from The Haiku Foundation. Some of his poetry has been recently anthologized by Red Moon Press and the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and work will be included in the forthcoming Haiku 2015 (Gurga & Metz, Modern Haiku Press). Whenever giving words a rest, Aversano produces soundscapes under the moniker Bearstatic.
 
 
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