John Mancini

The Old Masters

Ovid exiled
to the edge
of the empire.

who stole lines
from Ovid.

As did Dante.
As did

who stole lines
from Homer.

As did Virgil.

“Applaud, my friends.
The comedy is over.”

being Caesar’s last words,
which Beethoven stole.




John Mancini’s prose and poetry  have appeared or are forthcoming in New World Writing, SmokeLong Quarterly, Natural Bridge, McSweeney’s online, Pindeldyboz, and elsewhere.  He won the SF Browning Society’s Dramatic Monologue Contest and was a finalist for North American Review’s Gas Station Pulp contest. He received an MFA from SF State, an MA from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.