poems

Published in 2019, this collection of poetry explores themes of art and music, media, society, nature, love, parents, and death. Infusing elements of concrete poetry, the Zen koan, and the terseness of Western wit, Alqamoussi produces a work that is fresh, sharp, candid, and funny.

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from poems (2019)

CRAZY

Sometimes I wish that certain people were dead
And others would live forever,
That I could torture my childhood bullies
And redo lost fights with past lovers.
Sometimes I hate strangers on sight
And sometimes I love them.
Sometimes I talk to myself,
Sing in the shower,
Cry for no reason,
Skip washing my hands,
Squash bugs and smile,
And ogle sexy cartoon characters.
I wonder what dogs and birds are thinking,
Why mosquitoes bite,
Why I snot,
And why “goose” are “geese” but “moose” aren’t “meese.”
Sometimes I’m terrified but I smile
And I’m happy but I hate it.
Most times I fear or worship myself.
But craziest of all is not that I know I’m crazy,
But that you think you’re not.

 

LOVE(D)

She is beautiful
She is smart
She is fun
She is exciting
She is different
She is sweet
She is compassionate
She is magnificent
She is in my dreams
She is on my mind
She is in my heart
She is my love
She is my air
She is my earth
She is my light
She is my life
She is my everything
She is gone.

 

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