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Rocco de Giacomo at Poetry NOW 11. Photo by Linda Kooluris Dobbs

Rocco de Giacomo – LETHBRIDGE



Noon’s vanishing point.
Where old men become
their younger selves
in shop windows: postscripts
written in glances
and left for the Native teens
learning to skateboard on the
old main roads. Realization’s cusp:
the museum of the Old Fort
is moved into the mall,
and the Japanese Garden
run by the teens of immigrants
reveals the very last
corner of itself.


Rocco de Giacomo is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in literary journals in Canada, Australia, England, Hong Kong and the US. His work has recently been accepted for publication in Contemporary Verse 2Grain and Queen’s Quarterly, and has most recently been published Descant. Rocco’s poetry has also been featured on the CBC. He is the author of numerous chapbooks including, in 2008, Catching Dawn’s Breath. In 2009, his first full-length poetry collection, Ten Thousand Miles Between Us, was launched through Quattro Books. His forthcoming collection, Every Night of Our Lives, will be published with Guernica Editions.


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