In/SomniaIn/Somnia

Etel Adnan

Poetry
ISBN: 978-0-942996-48-7 • $10.00 • 34 pp.
2003

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In/somnia explores fissures within words as places where thought enters. Sleepless sleepers, we dream among ever more complex and hallucinatory realities: “in/tense/in/season.”
—Rosemarie Waldrop

 

III

1.
Feever. Feet on bath/
bar/room. Bottle’s
reBellion. boxes filled
wt/predatory shells
line

2.
Al/ways + never/the/less
= not/with/standing.
tea.

3. 
not a concern. usually
used. Heavy-door-metal
queen spat on snow.

4. 
sweating dream of forms.
silvery machine for, for
perversion. three

5. 
play lute for clue
dark/ness re/lated to
air. Chimney un-swapped.
parallel love-affair


Etel Adnan is an Arab-American poet and writer born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon.  She studied at the Sorbonne in France, U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard and taught Philosophy at Dominican College in San Rafael, California. She is the author of more than fifteen books of poetry, essays, and cultural writings. She is a recipient of a 2010 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award. She divides her time between Sausalito, California; Paris; and Beirut.