Novaless • I-XXVI
by Nicholas Manning
cover art by Sam Lopes
interior art by Olga Kobenko


in excited semitones
an unclear * tender solicitude
emerging roomy * almost dignified :
the central one being the dwelling
itself…neglecting him
in their lifetime
to make
for some magnificent
radiance…rainbow gauntlet
the oyster's glycogen
that young ferrarese
the colour * of tiles…somewhat apart :
his swift eye-language an ensign
this distressing business
a passage
from the back-street : « and thus
he lived…» or in irresistible desire
to unburden the now threatened
meeting : his * impressible
mind * the cause
of the play


Residing in Paris, Australian-born Nicholas Manning has had poetry and criticism in American, English, and Australian publications including Verse, The Argotist, Fascicle, Free Verse, Mi Poesias, BlazeVox, Fiera Lingue, Cordite, Eratio, Otoliths, Galatea Resuurects, Dusie, Seconds: A Virtual Treasury of Verse, EOAGH, and Shampoo, among others. He teaches comparative literature at the University of Strasbourg II, France, and in 2006 was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is the editor of the video-forum for contemporary poetry and poetics and The Continental Review and maintains a blog.

Sam Lopes is based in San Francisco. He has studied printmaking and fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the California College of the Arts, and has exhibited his work in Providence, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Please visit his site at

Born in Kiev, Olga Kobenko is a painter, visual artist and illustrator currently working out of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris.