February 16-22, 2015: BZ Niditch and Helene Pilibosian

BZ Niditch and Helene Pilibosian

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BZ Niditch

Bio (auto)

BZ Niditch is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and teacher. His work is widely published in journals and magazines throughout the world, including:Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Art; The Literary Review; Denver Quarterly; HawaiiReview; LeGuepard (France); Kadmos (France); Prism International; Jejune (Czech Republic); Leopold Bloom (Budapest); Antioch Review; and Prairie Schooner, among others. His latest poetry collections are “Lorca at Sevilla”,”Captive Cities.” He lives in Brookline, Massachussetts.

The following work is Copyright © 2015, and owned by BZ Niditch and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Hearing Coltrane

Hearing Coltrane
in the late A.M.
in my sound proof room
releasing my own riffs
and still believing in art
as a mistaken phone call
leads to a museum date,
finding a neighbors
break up note
in a diary
lying under the floorboard
by the fish tank’s
own blue dimentia
and playing solo
of daring mortality
resting on a high note
of early optimism
until the daily news broadcast
spreads its headlines
where a few good stories
make my day.

Helene Pilibosian

Bio (auto)

Helene Pilibosian (Watertown, Massachussetts) has had poetry appear in such magazines as The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Louisiana Literature, The Hollins Critic, North American Review, Seattle Review, Ellipsis, Weber: The Contemporary West, Poetry Salzburg Review, Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies as well as many anthologies. Some of her poems were finalists in literary competitions of journals such as NEW LETTERS, others won prizes and one recently placed first in the Lucidity Clarity Contest.
She has published the books Carvings from an Heirloom: Oral History Poems, the Writer’s Digest award-winning At Quarter Past Reality: New and Selected Poems, History’s Twists: The Armenians (honorable mention), My Literary Profile: A Memoir (honorable mention, New England Book Festival) and A New Orchid Myth from CreateSpace (honorable mention, Writer’s Digest). Helene’s early work has been cited in the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature. She holds a degree in humanities from Harvard University. Formerly a writer/editor at The Armenian Mirror-Spectator, she now heads Ohan Press, which has published ten books, some of them mine. Visit Helene on the web HERE.

The following work is Copyright © 2015, and owned by Helene Pilibosian and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Urban Seamstress

A wiretap of the metropolis
revealed bulldozers peppering the air.
The large crowd shrank
for the juggler of space.
A seamstress matched
patterns of the atmosphere
to the ideals of her seams,
lovelorn hems meant
for worldly scissors.

Cloth stayed prim
under the chalk of markings.
Who gave consent sewed
buttons along the walls
as the disposition of thread
dominated the landscape.
Spare change changed
the strategy of lights
as she put nights to work.

So business bred
new parks, new seeds, new steps
with the why of temperament.
Meanwhile, clothes could not
be imitations of dreams
but only the hemlines
for the heft of city life
and its drift of breath.

The seamstress rose at 5 a.m.
to have a breakfast of sentiment
and to drink the rite of coffee
with the cream of noise
emanating from the streets
through a Worcester window.
She paid close attention
to manifestations of style,
counted coins from the process.

Business was taint
much more than feint.
It was blue on Fifth Avenue,
red on Boston’s Tremont,
green on California’s freeways,
orange on buildings
with state not mentioned
showing a rainbow sometimes
when the economy had a plus.




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