Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Tuesday poem #451 : Moira Walsh : Turdus merula



I put my finger to worry’s lower lip

Listen: the blackbird




Moira Walsh, born in Michigan, makes her home in southern Germany and translates for a living. She has no university degree. Moira’s poems were recently picked up by Bennington Review, Denver Quarterly, Ethel Zine, Poetry Northwest, Stadtgelichter, Tiny Spoon, and Trnsfr. You can find her at linktr.ee/moira_walsh

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Tuesday poem #450 : Saba Pakdel : lullaby


absence is a presence that never is

centuries would not pass

in an hourglass that’s falling

upward down

you did not believe in time

yet sand runs through

timelessness in a bubble

and oceans dry

does it all go back by turning the other end up?


what to do about the restlessness of the sun

the rebellious Icarus

falling to the borders of your stripped body


in between your thighs

into a mirage appearing closer

yet absence still is

not standing afar

to outdistance recollections


here, is no fear

here is the fear

tall city towers fall apart

rows of pine trees succumb

a crowd wanders inside me

with hideous faces through the fuss

I             am                  pregnant with a disaster

mother lullabies


time follows you all the way up

don’t try to move backward


are not the darkest side of absence

when trees are the presence that never is



Saba Pakdel was born into a family of artists in Tehran, Iran. Growing up in a home of theatre, literature, and cinema, Saba breathed in the quality air of arts from an early age. She completed her BA and MA in English; attended and coordinated literary workshops and poetry readings; published poems, translations, and essays in Persian journals before leaving her home country to Canada in 2017. Once settled, she continued her studies at SFU (her second master’s degree in English) and gained admission to the Ph.D. program in English at UVic.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Tuesday poem #449 : Liam Siemens : After The Internet



I was trying to remember everything. If you look at the sky long enough the bears and hunters gradually resolve into a trillion bright lights and a shattering distance, but that’s not quite what I mean. It doesn’t have to do with my friend, the laquerer with a Japanese apprenticeship who right now is brushing lamps for Bezos’ five-hundred million dollar yacht, caressing toxic sap into a beautifully reflective shade. While I try to remember everything worth writing down, there are engineers dumping soil on the Sahara to grow disease-resistant crops; artists are talking about grunge futurism and climate bunkers. This goes without saying, because everyone is talking about the future, but while the anxious are trying to get the geese out of their chests the pope is undergoing another genetic reconstruction of the face. More power, more problems. That’s the thing about the earth, which is that if you’re in orbit you never hit rock-bottom. But my memory, where did it go? If anyone is remembered in the distant future they will be given an anachronistic diagnosis they’ll be sure to dislike, but at the very least one of us will survive to tell them how it was. It might take someone who lives long enough to find car fumes so toxic they can wrap their mouths around the exhaust to kill their tumours, but hopefully they’ll still be able to imagine bellybuttons growing flowers. At least I know how I want to go: I want to enter a building shaped like a person, just like the Great Temple at Abu Simbel. My burial will be the same size as everyone else’s — so small you need a foldscope to see it clearly, so big you’ll never find its corners — and when you enter the casket you’ll learn that something new and unexpected just became possible. Memory, a haunting.




Liam Siemens is a writer from Saskatoon. Find his work at the Literary Review of Canada, SAD Mag, VICE, and elsewhere. If not there, here.

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