Poem by Klara Feenstra


 

retelling our pain rewriting our joy

I read beautiful letters from beautiful people
been in love enough to know that we change our dialects

when a perfect voice interrupts the crowd
you realise what has heavy consequence on the world

maybe that’s the reason I tried, and sometimes still try
to destroy my body
I cannot feel myself inside it, just limp words lying on my hungry sexy primate skin

we want to touch what we admire but we also want to remember
if there is violence it’s because there are not enough words to preserve a conversation

I think I’m sick, when I think about art I feel so nauseous like it’s coming out of me, a
supreme sense of choking like I am the poet setting the scene, laying the last word down
before you walk into the room and tip the domino

there are some things I cannot read or look at yet, like what I wrote high on a roof with a
man when we were an absurdist analogy
or being held next to the Thames in a wet fog

sexuality is just words and love is a chemical imbalance that I already have in myself, by
myself, can’t love anybody but myself

 

Klara Feenstra is a poet from London with publications in Metatron, Bottlecap Press, Gatehouse Press, shufPoetry, South Florida Poetry Journal, and others. Primarily invested in phenomenological concerns, her work is particularly focused on how time and memory is recalled, archived, and how these urgencies manifest themselves in language about the body.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer,photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows bothin the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum,The Albright-Knox Art Gallery & The Allen Memorial Art Museum. Since 2006 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 230 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.

 

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