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Spring 2005, vol 3 no 1


Haiku ~ Hal Sirowiz


hovering around  
like a bee looking for honey - a photograph of her
her petals closed bed - the next best thing
  to being there.
She gave instructions  
on how I could satisfy her - She kept her legs crossed—
back seat driver. the top of the mountain
  covered in clouds.
Rubbing her nipples -  
Alladin's lamp -  
the genie gone for the day.  

Hal Sirowitz is the author of two books of poems, Mother Said and My Therapist Said. He has two forthcoming books from Soft Skull Press: Before, During and After (September 2003), to be followed in the spring of 2004 by Father Said.

He is the recipient of a Frederick Delius Award and The Susan Rose Recording Grant for Contemporary Jewish Music. Mother Said will be released on CD with music composed by Alla Borzova, sung by Paul Sperry. John Flansburgh of the rock group, They Might Be Giants, has recorded him for Hello Records, and the group spoke about him during their interview for NPR's Studio 360. And Garrison Keillor has read his work on NPR's Writers' Almanac.

Sirowitz has performed on MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged, PBS's Poetry Heaven, and NPR's All Things Considered.

Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Sirowitz is also the best selling translated poet in Norway, where Mother Said has been adapted for the stage and is currently being made into a series of animated cartoons.

Hal is the Poet Laureate of Queens, New York. He has poems in Garrison Keillor's anthology, Good Poems; in Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast (W.W. Norton); in Poetry After 9/11 (Melville House Publishing) and in 110 Stories: Writers Respond to 9/11 (NYU Press).

He works as a special education teacher for the New York City public schools and is married to the writer Mary Minter Krotzer.

Hal's website is .

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