One of the things I love the most about blogging for Eternal Graffiti is finding voices that I have not heard before. As an absolute lover of words I get a certain buzz when I come across a new writer whose work I am not familiar with. This happened when I ran across the below video “Red” by Fatimah Asghar. After I watched this amazing animated video I looked around and found her Gorgeous website.
One of the best things on the site hands down is a poem written from the perspective of a Jelly fish. The title of the poem is “Finally, the Jellyfish Speaks” you can read it here on Drunken Boat 18 Seriously GO READ IT and then come back.
I don’t know if you know…but um jelly fish really don’t have brains…which makes the whole poem a slice of nerd-ocean-science- heaven for me. I wish she would write a whole mini series, about a jellyfish with no brain, and the trouble said jellyfish gets into!
Ok, so a bit about the poet Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, performer, photographer, writer and thinker who is almost always in-between two places. Her literary work hovers between prose and poetry, examining fact through a lyricalher time spent not being the clumsiest person in the world, Fatimah enjoys using different artistic mediums to play with traditional storytelling. Her work has appeared in Muzzle Magazine, The Paris-American, Drunken Boat, Word Riot, and many others. In 2011 she created Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first Spoken Word Poetry group, REFLEKS, while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-genocidal countries. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and a Kundiman Fellow. Her chapbook Rewind/Play is forthcoming on Yes Yes Books summer 2015. She currently serves as a member of the teaching artist core for Young Chicago Authors.
This is me as i’m reading through her bio and i get to the follow line “A Fulbright scholar studying theater in post genocidal countries” That is Major!!
The poem below is all kinds of excellent, it is the thing magic is made of, it is the sonic boom that happens when everything comes together perfectly. The pace, the rhythm, and the writing is just phenomenal!
Check out the video below and connect to this poet!