The Power of Process


I’ve always admired poets, who manage to express so much under the significant constraints imposed by language. The selection of constraints has a great deal to do with a poet’s process, and Solmaz Sharif, evidently not content at the typical array of linguistic constraints, composed the poetry in Look around the U.S. Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. The result of his process is a powerful commentary on war, conflict, and language.

– via Hyperallergic

The World as I See It

I can’t help it: I watch the world, I read the news, I let all these urgent messages crash through my head. I imagine among them I hear the noise of voices straining to outshout each other’s prayers. I ignore it all, like a disgusted god like a regretful creator, totally over what he has made. …

Salt on Wound

Salt on wound

And water on mud

We are only memories

On the run across time

– Fadwa Suleiman, “Genesis” translated from the Arabic by Marilyn Hacker, A Public Space No. 24, 2016.