Sunday, May 23, 2010

Live from the Bowery Poetry Club: Alene Terzian

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 Alene Terzian’s  reading of her poem Not a Love Poem # 31.

On our first date,
you killed a cat.
It wasn’t your fault
how it darted
into the empty street,
skidded and slipped,
landed in front of you.

For sure. The cat
crashed into you.
Its orange fur
lodged in the grill
of your sports car,
low to the ground,
hot rod suspension.

You wanted to drive
away, leave the tabby,
forget blood forming
small pools on asphalt.
I should have insisted
on cleaning up, but instead,
I left with you

For months, we found
patches of fur caught
in the metal wiring
of your car. I picked
them out each time,
buried them
in your backyard. 

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