Biography of Francis DiClemente
Francis DiClemente lives in Syracuse, New York, where he works as a video producer. In his spare time he writes and takes photographs. He is the author of three poetry chapbooks, In Pursuit of Infinity (Finishing Line Press 2013) , Vestiges (Alabaster Leaves Publishing 2012) and Outskirts of Intimacy (Flutter Press 2010) .
Francis DiClemente's Works:
In Pursuit of Infinity (Finishing Line Press 2013)
Vestiges (Alabaster Leaves Publishing 2012)
Outskirts of Intimacy (Flutter Press 2010)
Francis DiClemente Poems
St. Peter's Cemetery
I extend a hand to touch an angel trapped in marble. Its face is cool and damp, like the earth beneath the slab. I pose a question to my deceased father, Knowing the answer will elude me.
Post-Op Image 1984
Sprawled out on my mother's bed, I hear chunks of ice falling from the roof, and a city snowplow rushing past our house.
A vanilla ice cream cone covered with sprinkles of dirt, a handful tossed by small grimy hands across a chain-link fence.
Feathers replace leaves In the naked trees Looming above Genesee Street, As flocks of crows arrive to
Clock On The Wall
Time is entity unconcerned With our intentions or aspirations. It marches on unimpeded, Multiplying seconds to minutes
Friday nights in central New York, crumpling leaves of bursting gold and breathing in the October cold as a pigskin spirals tight
A great sigh emitted, arising and then dissipating, but remaining forever unheard, the echo of a soul reverberating,
Overdue First Kiss
My first kiss did not come when I needed it most. In adolescence, when other boys were rounding the bases, I was left to wonder what it might be like one day, To actually kiss a girl on the lips,
A great sigh emitted,
arising and then dissipating,
but remaining forever unheard,
the echo of a soul reverberating,
in resignation of the inexorable.