Poem by Abdulrahman M. Abu-Yaman


 

How I Write

I encounter this surprising
unwelcome by arrival of series
of unfathomed blackouts.
Episodes upon episodes.
My eyes go blind as they try
to find the equilibrium
between rhymes and
rhythms

I can feel muses crawling and
maundering gibberishly in
ambiguity. I lose control
over them. They takeover
and do their biddings that
procreate scribbled letters
all over the white arena- the
battle field where blue bloods
are spilled all over
during my trance.

Yet, I still have to take
responsibility for the outcomes
of the by-products,
for a loving mother never abandons
her bastard child.

 

Abdulrahman M Abu-Yaman writes mostly poems and short stories which have been featured in anthologies like Tuck Magazine, Brittle Paper, Asian Signature and Kalahari Review amongst others. He doubles as an artist and calligrapher with some of his works exhibited at the Kaduna Book and Arts Festival (KABAFEST) 2018.

Judson Evans is a full-time Instructor in the Liberal Arts department at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he has taught a range of courses, from a Poetry Workshop on haiku, prose poetry and haibun, to a course on theories of cave art and the role of the cave in ritual and philosophy. In 2007 he was chosen by John Yau as an Emerging Poet for The Academy of American Poets. He was one of the founding members of Off the Park Press, and published work in each of its three anthologies responding to provocative contemporary painters. His most recent work has been published in (print journals) Laurel Review, Folio, Volt; 1913: a journal of forms; and Green Mountains Review, and (online journals) White Whale Review and Amethyst Arsenic. He won The Phillip Booth Poetry Award from Salt Hill Review in 2013. He has collaborated with composers, such Mohammed Fairouz, Mart Epstein, and Rudolf Rojhan, who set several of his poems to music, as well as with choreographers, dancers, musicians and other poets, including Gale Batchelder, and videographers Nate Tucker and Ray Klimek.

 

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