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Love is Metaphysical Gravity

John C. Mannone

The following poem was first published in The Aleph Review, Vol. 7 (2023). However, the epigraph of the poem was mistakenly omitted. The complete poem is being published on our website by way of a corrigendum. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused. Artwork by Zara Asgher, sourced via Kaleido Kontemporary.

  —A Found poem after Buckminster Fuller quotations

Ninety-nine percent of who you are

is invisible and untouchable. Search

others for their virtue, and yourself

for your vices. Everyone is born

a genius, but the process of living

de-geniuses them. When I am

working on a problem, I never think

about beauty, but when I have finished,

if the solution is not beautiful, I know

it is wrong. Nature is trying very hard

to make us succeed, but nature does not

depend on us. We are not the only

experiment. The minute you begin

to do what you really want to do

it’s really a different kind of life.

A Tower to Reach the Heavens (II) by Zara Asgher (graphite and acrylics on paper; 2024)


John C. Mannone (Knoxville, Tennessee), author of four collections, has recent work in Transformative Power of Art Journal, Wood Cat Review, and The Windward Review. He was awarded a Jean Ritchie Fellowship (2017) in Appalachian literature and served as celebrity judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (2018). He can be reached at:

Zara Asgher is a visual artist and educator from Lahore, Pakistan, currently living and practicing in Finland. She graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2011 and was awarded the prize for the 10 Best Works of the Young Artists Exhibition, Day After Tomorrow in 2012, by the Punjab Arts Council, Pakistan. Asgher has participated in group shows nationally and internationally. She was awarded a full scholarship to pursue an M.A. in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education at Aalto University, Finland. She has worked on art educational programmes with the Espoo Museum of Modern Art and the Finnish Museum of Photography. The featured artwork is from a duo show in our lives we can notice a breath, then breathing (Kaleido Kontemporary, Lahore), where she exhibited work alongside artist Nisha Hasan.


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