A(n About This) Poem I Like: on Near the Shrine of Saint Naum by Najwan Darwish:
Revelations have their concealed elements as well. I’m very skeptical about this habit (largely an American one) that poets have of talking about their poems at readings, as the poet becomes a kind of salesperson who talks about the product/poem before reading it. Would poetry readers truly care if I said that this poem resists holiness as authority and tries to suggest something more humanized? When a poet talks about their text, no matter what they say, it can be enough to ruin it—and it appears I’ve managed to do this in the lines above.
the poem is good too