Alliterating in April

  New beginnings, fresh sheets of paper, unused ink, words yet to be written, seeds waiting to be scattered, blooms in the heart. National Poetry Month is a month for poets to come out of hiding— out of stuffy libraries, out of book-riddled bedrooms, out of tiny offices.  It’s when we gather over cups of…

Schooling in September

Out of the corner of my eye, I catch a glimmer of red, a smudge of gold, a hint of rust. September has stamped its presence on a handful of leaves.  The garden is fading into fire. How did this happen so quickly? There were many wonderful summer moments left to experience.  Although the weather…

Firesmoke Book Launch

  FIRESMOKE BOOK LAUNCH   Join TSAR Publications, Sufi Poets Series and author Sheniz Janmohamed for an evening of music and poetry to celebrate the release of Janmohamed’s second book of poems, Firesmoke. TIME:  Doors open at 6:30pm, Show begins at 7pm LOCATION: Beit Zatoun House, 612 Markham Street, Toronto SPECIAL GUESTS:  Playwright and Storyteller, Sharada…

Firesmoke

And so, April comes to an end. A month of low temperatures, frigid rain and obstacles is over. When T.S Eliot wrote “April is the cruellest month”, he knew what he was talking about. If I could give this April a vocabulary, some of the words would be: endurance, frustration, elation, perseverance, realization, patience. When…

Lessons from the Sea

  Just before I left for a much needed vacation in the sun, I found out that my second manuscript of poems had been accepted to be published. I hardly had time to process the news before leaving, but the time away from the frigid winter gave me an opportunity to think and plan carefully…