Celebrating Live Poetry
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An enraptured audience sits under the spell of the poet. Some of the poems read were published in Shaindel's first published collection, A Brief History of Time:
- First Love
- To CKC, Stillborn, April 22, 2006
- What Will We Do With You? This Bone Has Almost No Flesh Protecting It—
Think poets only wear suits and conservative sweaters? Think again! She also read these poems from her soon to be released collection, The Children's War:
- Introductory Poem
- From an eight year old Darfurian girl’s drawing
- After a photo of a Chechen girl on a train
- After a New York Times article on Balkan Immigrant Children, 6/12/98
- After drawings by recipients of the AFSC feeding program in post WWI Europe
BMCC students and instructors share the event with active ears, minds, and pens. As an added bonus, Shaindel shared these, newer poems with us:
- A Prayer for Angel Torres
- The Baby
Couldn't make it to the reading? Here are two of the poems that were read, as published by Corium Magazine:
After a photo of a Chechen girl on a train
I have my red hat, my red coat; I ride
on my mother’s lap. People smile at me.
I make them happy. When my mother looks
at them, they look away. My mother has
brown eyes. I have blue. I have only seen
my father in pictures. We have to practice
my mother says. Where are we going?
To visit Grandma in the country.
What will you do there?
Help Grandma gather eggs and be brave
even if the hens peck me.
Ride Doishka, the pony. I look out the window
at the wildflowers speeding by.
And you mustn’t cry says mother if we get there
and there is no Grandma, no pony.
From an eight year old Darfurian girl’s drawing
and all of the colors explode from the hut.
Why is this man green?
Because he is from the tank.
Why is this woman red?
Because she was shot in the face.
And why aren’t you colored in?
Because it is like I wasn’t even there.