“As I Was Riding the Escalator”

at Lagoona Mall, I thought I saw you.I was calmly resting against the rail inured to care in the daze of retail.Then a slender black skirt came into view,climbing the stairs, hurrying to get through.My eyes followed the advancing femalewhen her head turned, and a face stern and paleglanced at me like somebody she once knew...… Continue reading “As I Was Riding the Escalator”

“Silver Knights and the Search for the Lost Orb”: A Krendiri Battle Poem

At the entrance of the fallen obelisk,the Silver Knights were under siege:an electric cloud creature had wandered inshocking the party with its tentacle attacks.Fire, slash, shoot, whack, stab, hack—the party valiantly chipped away at the awesome armor of the floating foe.Elre summoned his magical stallionand challenged the monster by chargingwhile Adoril cast a spell to deliver… Continue reading “Silver Knights and the Search for the Lost Orb”: A Krendiri Battle Poem

The Unceasing Horizon

Who wept on the breast of the other?Only the wet shirt knows the answer Abboud al Jabiri "At the Door of a Lonely Heart" One of the first things to gowas the belief that my sons would always sleep underneath the same roof as me—the divorce dashed me of that delusion. After my weekends with them,as… Continue reading The Unceasing Horizon

Springtime Amusement Park—Doha, Qatar

Yallah.Like a couple bandits, we hop over barricades, slip between the bumpers of stopped cars, and cut through construction sites to reach the Doha fairground.  Two illuminated prongs tower in the distance. I trod towards them. Your placid eyes follow me—easygoing and open to adventure, curious about the promises that I offer. Suddenly, between the… Continue reading Springtime Amusement Park—Doha, Qatar

8 Ways of Saying Qatar

This week's blog post was influenced by three things: me lying in bed musing about the different ways of pronouncing Qatar (see NPR newscast); me learning about the Nabati Poetry tradition and the subject matters for the form; and my love for Wallace Stevens' "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." Catara Before the start of class, a student tells me… Continue reading 8 Ways of Saying Qatar

Penchants at an Amusement Park

Like a couple bandits, we hop over barricades, slip between the bumpers of stopped cars, and cut through construction sites to reach the fairground. Two illuminated prongs tower in the distance. I trod towards them. Your placid eyes follow me—easygoing and open to adventure, curious about the promises that I offer. Suddenly, between the tines,… Continue reading Penchants at an Amusement Park

Post-vacation Pantoum

***Spoiler Alert!*** All travel must come to an end. Not trying to be half empty, but let’s face it. Work at your job. Save your money. Make your travel plans. Then go on your trip and post selfies on Instagram. Not trying to be half empty, but let’s face it— social media has changed the… Continue reading Post-vacation Pantoum