International Astropoetic Dialogues (1)

by Giovanni Malito and Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

The Last Starry Haikus
by Giovanni Malito

standing alone
countless stars


staring into night
seeking out stars hoping
for a blackout


staring at the star
that is
no longer there


dust in the folds
of stars...
so many lost worlds

Artwork by Calin Niculae

Artwork © Calin Niculae

To Giovanni Malito (1957-2003)
by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

Why were you so eager
to touch the stars,
my noble friend?
Or perhaps the Creator
has needed you up there...

Now it's a little more complicated
for me
to watch the sky,
every variable star's blink
could be a verse from you,

but I'm sure
you'll be a shining sky guide
when I'll climb to the stars too.

Copyright © 2004, Suzanne Malito and Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

Giovanni Malito (1957-2003) was an Italian born in Canada and established in Ireland. He wrote poetry, haiku, prose and essays (published especially in the international space of the English language), and edited The Brobdingnagian Times, a publication of international poetry. Pages of tributes for his memory can be found in Zimmer-zine.

Andrei Dorian Gheorghe is the founder and director of the Cosmopoetry Festival of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy-SARM. He is the editor of over 30 slim English anthologies of Romanian and international astropoetry, and is the author of original astropoetry performances presented at the International Meteor Organization Conferences 1997-2002, the Leonid MAC Workshop of NASA (Tel Aviv, 2000), and the European Convention of Science Fiction - Romania 2001. In 2003, he initiated the Meteor Contemporary Poetry Project for the IMO. More of this poet's work may be found in the SARM Golden Astropoetic Gallery.

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