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Hala Alyan

Hala Alyan (b. United States, 1986, now based in New York) is a Palestinian-American poet and writer. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and her poems have appeared in journals such as Copper NickelThird Coast, and The Journal. Hala’s first collection Atrium (Three Rooms Press) was recently awarded the 2013 Arab American Book Award in Poetry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner

 

Like lions we circle. A sundew plant dangles.

Green neck with long curling filaments

 

unfurling like steam in a chemist’s test tube.

I want the slow awakening, that life of marveling,

 

to follow a man down a dark hallway, watch him dip

his face, his neck, into the water, flicking it over his

 

wrists. I want god. I want God, to bury myself

towards the swarming. Tomatoes

 

or cucumber, the market stall was paltry today, squash

bruised to touch, the fingerling potatoes muddy.

 

I like them with pepper, a crumbling of baguette.

We light taper candles to give the meal

 

a crown. The sangria you made with ice

and lemon and real cane sugar. I fish out morsels of

 

cherry and apple with bare fingers.

What we do not say crowds us with manic teeth:

 

the failing light, the junkyard coffins,

the forests receiving bodies like wife.

 

The names, they shutter with distant lights:

Gaza. Homs. Alexandria. O, Damascus.

 

 

©2013 Hala Alyan

 

 

 

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'Atrium' at Three Rooms Press

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