26 April 2006 | Vol. 6, No. 1

Sa'd Abdul-Majid Al-Faisal Al-Tikriti (3)

At the blue door, admission

beneath the thick plant

            hanging in its casket

admission meaning death

at the hands we love

            to exercise

preparing for the act daily

                        in a cage

            antlers for bars

on a bed of soft threats

and a pillow of sorrow

About the author:

Jeff Encke's work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Double Room, Fence, Poet Lore, Quarterly West, Salt Hill, Tarpaulin Sky, and 3rd Bed, among others. He has taught creative writing and literary criticism at both Columbia University in New York and Richard Hugo House in Seattle.

"Aziz Salih Al-Numan," "Latif Nusayyif Jasim Al-Dulaymi," and "Sa'd Abdul-Majid Al-Faisal Al-Tikriti" are part of a book-length series entitled Most Wanted; each addresses a figure from the Iraq's Most Wanted deck published by the Department of Defense in March 2003. Short phrases from these poems also appear on the playing cards of a custom-designed deck, which has been included in several exhibitions, including a visual poetry show at Harvard University in March 2005. Additional information about the project is available online at http://www.matlub.net/fulldeck.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Jeff Encke at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 6, No. 1, where "Sa'd Abdul-Majid Al-Faisal Al-Tikriti (3)" ran on April 26, 2006. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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