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Author: MATTAWA, KHALED
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Mattawa, Khaled    Poet's Biography
59 poems available by this author


AIRPORTER       
First Line: Yardley, pennsylvania an expensive dump
Last Line: Holding your face in her bag hands


ARRIVING AT PIER HOUSE HOTEL       
First Line: Like the rest of us
Last Line: Some prayed, some vomited %from the smell of our dead, %and some took photographs


ATTA       
First Line: Midnight, and she holding the radio
Last Line: Her precious bulbul begins to sing


BEDTIME READING FOR THE UNBORN CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Long after the sun falls into the sea
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Coming Of Age; Mythology


BEFORE       
First Line: Somewhere between faith and grace there is the footprint of logic lost in the
Last Line: Repeat after me. A nigerian song fills your town, fills the between with a billion %befores.


BORROWED TONGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Maybe I'm a fool
Subject(s): Arabic Language


BRIGHT YELLOW, KETCHUP RED       
First Line: I was crossing a street
Last Line: Kneeling the wide skirts of hope


CRANK CALL FROM TABRIZ       
First Line: All day short of nails
Last Line: Maybe a lizard will die at your door


CRICKET MOUNTAIN       
First Line: The bridge under our wheels moaned, some said, because it was built in a time
Last Line: And what was that city that tangled us in its muddy streets?


DAMASCENE THEORY       
First Line: Away from water
Last Line: That blossoms into an attitude


DAYS OF 1933       
First Line: A man walks down a street and sees a young woman. He turns
Last Line: Everyday a young woman boards a train and is never seen again


DOUBLE PORTRAIT WITH TRAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: The morning a promise
Subject(s): Railways; Travel; Egypt; Journeys; Trips


EAST OF CARTHAGE: AN IDYLL    Poem Text    
First Line: Look here, marcus aurelius, we’ve come to see
Last Line: Ts tentacles sewing a rupture I had nursed for too long
Subject(s): Coming Of Age; Middle Age; Aging; Libya; Ancestors & Ancestry; Family Life; Mythology; Heritage; Heredity; Relatives


ECHO & ELIXIR       
First Line: She was our neighbor, the diabetic woman who kept having children
Last Line: The diabetic woman who kept having children


ECHO & ELIXIR 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Cairo’s taxi drivers speak to me in english
Last Line: The wicked binds, the cataclysmic fares
Subject(s): Language; Cairo; Taxis; Relationships; Social Commentaries; Enemies; Words; Vocabulary


EMERSON REVISITATION       
First Line: Tired of fighting death with progress
Last Line: That names the nothingness


FIFTY APRIL YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: A soldier waved our bus
Subject(s): Time; Politics & Government


FOR AL-TAYIB SALIH    Poem Text    
First Line: I come here to retrieve a shoe
Subject(s): Moors (people); Ancestors & Ancestry; Shoes; Love; Spain; Heritage; Heredity; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


FOR AL-TAYID SALIH       
First Line: I come here to retrieve a shoe
Last Line: The gaurd says he has waited a long time for this %and starts to pour dirt over my body


FOR YEARS I'VE BEEN PROHIBITED FROM MENTIONING THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: So now the pine-scented moon
Subject(s): Moon


FROM ECHOES & ELIXIRS: 1       
First Line: It shines through clouds and rain
Last Line: It shines the windows with your passing gaze


FROM ECHOES & ELIXIRS: 11       
First Line: It is not the land or the people
Last Line: And leave us both aghast


FROM ECHOES & ELIXIRS: 3       
First Line: Maybe love is a walk to astonishment
Last Line: Hear me say it, habibti. %I say: n'hibik


FROM ECHOES & ELIXIRS: 7       
First Line: Cigarettes in the bar, a beer
Last Line: You are a citizen of its taste


GENEALOGY OF FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: My sister held an old piece of bread
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Arabs; Family Life; Heritage; Heredity; Relatives


GENEALOGY OF FIRE       
First Line: My sister held an old piece of bread
Last Line: How will I %ever be consoled


GLORIOUS YEMEN RESTAURANT       


GROWING UP WITH A SEARS CATALOG IN BENGHAZI, LIBYA    Poem Text    
First Line: Omar pointed to a pink man
Subject(s): Lust; Conduct Of Life; New Orleans


GROWING UP WITH A SEARS CATALOG IN BENGHAZI, LIBYA       
First Line: Omar pointed to a picture of a pink man
Last Line: Would you like planted next to your grave?


HEARTSONG       
First Line: A bird sings from the tree. The birds sing
Last Line: Within the pain of words


HISTORY OF MY FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: My lips came with a caravan of slaves
Subject(s): Libya; Faces; Ancestors & Ancestry; Heritage; Heredity


HISTORY OF MY FACE       
First Line: My lips came with a caravan of slaves
Last Line: She made his breakfast %and bore four of his children


IN THE COLD SEASON    Poem Text    
First Line: For now the mullahs
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Home


IN THE GLORIOUS YEMEN RESTAURANT    Poem Text    
First Line: 25 on atlantic avenue, faces kneaded
Subject(s): Restaurants; Immigrants; Arab Americans; Cafes; Diners; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


IN THE SHOWER ROOM       
First Line: We were in the shower room
Last Line: To a world that prohibited %the wish to be reborn


ISMAILIA       
First Line: I no longer have to choose between
Last Line: In many tongues, refusing to grieve


LET US BELIEVE AGAIN       
First Line: For now, the mullahs
Last Line: There's no one else I'd rather see


LETTER TO IBRAHIM    Poem Text    
First Line: You remember the joke, right?
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


LETTER TO IBRAHIM       
First Line: You remember the joke, right
Last Line: Under their magnificent roofs


LUCINDA AT ST. JOHN'S CHURCH, GENEVA       
First Line: One listening to a walkman, the other
Last Line: Galloping to the world of new skin


MR. SIGNAL MOUNTAIN       
Last Line: I was there. %I was a highway at the time


PRETENSIONS       
First Line: This is the story of the currant
Last Line: And whispered: I am the devil's godfather. %here, here, come feel my tail


PYRAMID OF KHUFU       
First Line: With each step upward
Last Line: Nibbling on pumpkin seeds


RAIN SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The radio blares “dialogue of souls
Last Line: Those who despair
Subject(s): Rain; Despair; Youth; Family Life; Coming Of Age; Relatives


RAMADAN    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother forgets to feed
Subject(s): Ramadan


RAMADAN       
First Line: My mother forgets to feed
Last Line: He runs to one of his two wives, %both named salma, and loves on hurriedly, %his hands barely touchi
Subject(s): Ramadan


SAMOVAR LOVE COMPONENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I love the word samovar, and I love
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


SANIYA'S DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: The year I shared a room with her
Subject(s): Sisters


SANIYA'S DREAMS       
First Line: In the year I shared a room with her, I would ask my sister
Last Line: My job is selling flowers to strangers and at night I dance with %women who cannot pronounce my name


SUMMERTIME CAVATINAS    Poem Text    
First Line: The general's wife came
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


THE BLOOMINGFOODS PROMISE    Poem Text    
First Line: For the ugly man who buys bell peppers
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Social Commentaries


THE BUS DRIVER POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I wasn't driving


THE PYRAMID OF KHUFU    Poem Text    
First Line: With each step upward
Subject(s): Great Pyramid Of Giza


THREE KITCHENS    Poem Text    
First Line: I pace a friend's house. On the walls,
Subject(s): Kitchens; Family Life; Relatives


TRUTH       
First Line: Long ago I learned that the truth was further
Last Line: Drifting to the sewer, drifting to the sea


TWO-RIVER LEDGER    Poem Text    
First Line: Joke used to be: / if you don't like it
Subject(s): Rivers; Pollution; Houses; Family Life; Relatives


WATERMELON TALES       
First Line: January, snow. For days I have craved
Last Line: The rest of his day in bed.


WHAT SHE SAID ON A LEWD LUTE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: So I go to ashenda
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


WHITE NILE ELEGY       
First Line: Summer, and a woman lowers her jug to the river. She bathes and sings the
Last Line: And - it's true - I waited to see who would buy the other half