Joseph Bottone was born to second generation Italian immigrants,
and raised in a traditional family environment in Brooklyn, New York.
He was a troublesome child to his teachers, mostly a daydreamer,
asking questions for example about Moses parting the sea,
often challenged the accepted status quo.
A rebellious lost soul, seeking, ever seeking, what he knew of another world.
He began to write his first poems.
As a young boy of 7 or 8, in the backyard of his Brooklyn family home,
apple blossoms hanging over the fence in spring, the corn knee high,
he had a vision of a serpent, green and gold, standing upright at least 6 feet in hight,
for the first time lifting the veil to another reality .
He had no fear, and no-one to tell of his vision.
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