Sunday, April 11, 2010

Live from the Bowery Poetry Club: Armine Iknadossian

Gartal and the Armenian Poetry Project are proud to release this audio clip recorded live at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City on April 2, 2010. Click to hear Armine Iknadossian’s introduction and reading of her poem Mourning Paper.

Mourning Paper

After a night of weeping
I misread simple words,
dust for lust, overlook
the bloated belly of the letter 
This morning, every stroke of the alphabet 
cringes or folds, hides itself
behind its bitter alter ego.
 profession is possession 
as two 
s's merge, one selfishly 
consuming the other. 
Restful inevitably turns resentful.
 love is lose,
a consonant for a consonant, 
an eye for an eye.
Satin turns into stain, a dyslexic
anagram, a failed romance. 
I want to say more than anything
kiss does not hiss,
k's outstretched hand is not rejected.

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