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gianluca avanzato

South Main Street

POEM TO THE EDITOR

South Main Street

When I was a bit too young, a girl and I
snuck into the city’s sewers. We crawled

through narrow places with trickling water,
splashing in puddles and neat little streams

I watched her bend beneath concrete and pipes,
strain to look up at the drains that filtered in

light from some half-recognized street, and
I thought of other secret places. We burst into

light, unearthed near some computer repair shop
and made our way out from a large concrete

culvert, new armpit hair moist with sweat,
tickling my arms. We ended up on the sidewalk,

South Main Street, and walked back to her house
with soggy shoes, hands almost brushing.

GIANLUCA AVANZATO
Oneonta
Editor’s Note: Avanzato has just published “City of the Hills,” poems about his native city.

Avanzato Releases Oneonta Inspired Poetry Collection

Avanzato’s Poetry

Focuses On Oneonta

Gianluca Avanzato, with his mother Rosemarie and father Antonio, poses with his new collection of poetry inspired by growing up in Oneonta, aptly titled “City Of The Hills.” Gianluca was on hand at Stella Luna this evening where he read from the collection and signed copies. The book will be available at Greater Oneonta Historical Society, The Green Toad Bookstore and on Amazon.com. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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