from our poet of the month: Mehnaz Sahibzada
"to turn the world inside out, this / delicate force that sometimes hugs / itself so tightly, the fears seem to break"
The cynic, the romantic, the fool,
and the feminist. I have been them all,
and I have been them well. But
I am happier when I am not
thinking which words best describe
me, for I am more than adjectives. I am
story. I am this tender-hearted drive
to turn the world inside out, this
delicate force that sometimes hugs
itself so tightly, the fears seem to break
apart, and all my thoughts are moons
orbiting a planet of plot twists that
unfurl and intersect. Look how many
subplots there are and notice how
the exposition keeps changing fonts
as though hoping to scatter like confetti.
Listen to Mehnaz reading Confetti:
Mehnaz Sahibzada shares her experience of poetry with S&H:
I view poetry writing as a form of alchemy--a way to transform experience into something mystical. You will find the battle between dark and light rearing its head in my poems. But even the darkest poem is hopeful. Some of the pieces I write are morally ambiguous. Others lean towards the luminous.