Tell my story “If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart Absent thee from felicity awhile And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain To tell my story” Hamlet to Horatio I am my wound— broken skin and bone— blood flood— I am a target— the privilege of the dark, the feminine, the Yin When I am a corpse in the river when I dissolve in acid when I catch fire Tell my story— My wound seeps into me— I own it— angry and proud— But one voice is just one on the world stage— Tell my story— My wound is my secret— raped open— The journey of pain to precipice an odyssey— I am not a play within your play— Tell my story— When the thunder speaks when the earth seethes when flowers grow on the streets and in war zones when I am butchered by my own or outsiders Tell my story— Injustice is a story as old as us— You will never know it all You will never tell it all But silence is a betrayal I will never forgive— Be my witness— Friend— Tell my story—
Bänoo Zan is a poet, librettist, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator, with more than 200 published poems and poetry-related pieces as well as three books. Song of Phoenix: Life and Works of Sylvia Plath, was reprinted in Iran in 2010. Songs of Exile, her first poetry collection, was released in 2016 in Canada by Guernica Editions. It was shortlisted for Gerald Lampert Memorial Award by the League of Canadian Poets in 2017. Letters to My Father, her second poetry book, was published in 2017 by Piquant Press in Canada. She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series (inception: 2012). It is a brave space that bridges the gap between communities of poets from different ethnicities, nationalities, religions (or lack thereof), ages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, poetic styles, voices and visions.
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