Sunday, May 09, 2010

Live from the Bowery Poetry Club: Alan Semerdjian

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 Alan Semerdjian’s  reading of his poem LUCKY.

for Diana Der Hovanessian

I thought of her at a blackjack table
with scarlet and midnight
chips at her side pondering
situations for two Armenians
looking sideways for each other,
writing poems during shuffles.

And how she wrote

Playing cards with an Armenian
is different
from playing cards with anyone

almost desperately
before she crossed it out
and looked at me, silent
because when two Armenians
are quiet it’s not
that they’ve found enough to say.

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