NEW MOON, NEW FLAME Here we are again traveling to reunite our stories by candlelight. Our dead are grooming the dawn in the womb of the firmaments. On the arrival of the moon in Pisces, silver hair has grown above my eyebrows. Now this absolute night flashes. Eleganza full. Spotlights and standing ovations. Dance Cuban salsa with my shadow. This, here, is the choreography of fire. Let me hold you closer than our instinct to dream into being, into the open melancholy of flesh. Feral of my heart, your script keeps echoing hunger and sheer solemnity. My voice your babbling rivulet. Your moans my shivering teeth. Crack the skin underneath green leaves. Listen to the luminescent utterance: Amen, Amen. Our everlasting feast.
Nada Faris is a writer, teaching-artist, and performance poet based in Kuwait. She is an author of three international books, an Honorary Fellow in Writing at Iowa University’s International Writing Program (IWP) Fall 2013, and an alumna of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) April 2018, USA: Empowering Youth Through the Performing Arts. Faris is the recipient of an Arab Woman Award from Harper’s Bazaar Arabia 2018 in the category of Inspirational Woman for her impact on Kuwait’s creative sector. She has earned an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry and translation from Columbia University.