A Bloggers (Silent) Poetry Reading

An open invitation to join the poetry has been issued by Grace’s Poppies.
WHAT: A Bloggers (Silent) Poetry Reading
WHEN: Anytime February 2, 2006
WHERE: Your blog
WHY: To celebrate the Feast of Bridgid, aka Groundhog Day

My contribution on my own personal blog was an obscure Canadian poem that made me feel warm and cold and had nothing to do with love, really. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to find a Philadelphia poet to put here.

I keep looking, and the same few names keep coming up. One of the more interesting poets is a woman named hassen. Her bio on 9for9 says:

hassen writes poetry & fiction & lives near Philadelphia. Her poems have been to Skanky Possum, Nedge, Barque Press’ One Hundred Days Anthology, and in the current issue of FREQUENCY Audio Journal. hassen likes summer a lot.

I was hard-pressed to find any of her poems online, but CAConrad helped me out. He shared an excerpt from one of her poems after she did a reading in DC, and I’d like to share it with you here since the poetry scene in Philadelphia doesn’t get much light.

from Hassen’s long poem “Sculpture of a Poet’s Mythology”:


Such as serene detail of the wood-carved trim.
This is built piece by piece? Pre-
fabricated? A woman came from Manitoba to buy shoes.
She was superior. I did not know the meaning of Manitoba,
just as I do not know a chapter of Leviticus.
(“Eating Blood Forbidden”)

All poets should know this. A
lover may let you touch her hair in the summer. As
soon as you slip a pen or a candle from your pocket, as
soon as you begin any particular description, she will
become reproachful and there will be a killer waiting for you.
Under your car. You will become a killer with your own hide,
cover, with stars behind your eyelids.

This is the meaning of all dreams. Destiny, the evil interstate
without billboards. Head-on into the dark,
never arriving. All poets should know this. You follow
in the direction the wheel turns.

1 Comment so far

  1. Susanna (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 8:37 pm

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