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Poetry Reading

Poems without Maidens

Jun 18, 2011

Location: Shangri La

Presenter: Zakariya Amataya, Artist-in-Residence

Zakariya Amataya was the 2010 winner of the prestigious Southeast Asia Writers Award. He was the first poetry winner who writes primarily in free verse and was Thailand's first Muslim recipient. He has published compilations of work including, Mai Mee Yingsao Nai Bot Kavi (Poems without Maidens) and Will My Playground Have a Bomb? Amataya studied Arabic language, literature and Islam at Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama in Lucknow, India and is completing an M.A. in comparative religion at Mahidol University in Bangkok. He translates Middle Eastern and Western poetry for Thai literary publications and is working on his first novel. Amataya was an Artist-in-Residence at Shangri La from June 17-July 7, 2011.

I am a magician
My life is magical
I die every second
Subsequently, I will be reborn
(repeat)

Behind the wall of darkness
With a magnifier
I see a thousand suns

Beyond an unknown shore
I am a forerunner
I am a forerunner
Passing through water
Upon foam
On the wave the oceanic madness

In the clouded sky
I eat your fear
(repeat)

And steal your sadness
Do you know me?
Do you know me?
In a bubble world the world bubbles
On the tower of imagination
I eat your flower
I am a dreamer

I love my life
I love my life

But I want suicide
Are you with me?

Co-sponsored by the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Outreach College

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