November 15, 2016 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION




Soodabeh Saeidnia



Rub Salt in Your Wound



Home is where you hang your hat

and spread yourself on the loveseat

stabbing a cheesecake with ultimate rage

watching how a huge map bleeds

on the feet of Rockefeller Center


Watching how white desires-

hidden for years in capped bottle of fears

– come out of the genie lamps beyond the polls

and mischievously smile at each other

laughing at all your logic and beliefs


Loveseat can’t bear the weight of your thoughts

You need to pound the pavement for days

to digest the reality that your sweet home

was owned lock, stock, and barrel

by a broken billionaire who promised


miners to fuck up the climate forever

workers to cultivate money on trees

racists to feel damn good as finally

everything’s coming up roses

the roses whose buds will scar humanity


You know this Little Boy will pass

like Fat Man passed but you have to fallow

the polluted fields again cos winter wheat

should be planted in the fall, so come

back home where you hang your hat









Soodabeh Saeidnia

Soodabeh Saeidnia lives in NYC but is originally Persian. She got her Pharm D and Ph.D. of Pharmacognosy and has worked as a researcher, assistant and associate professor in the Kyoto University (Japan), TUMS (Iran) and University of Saskatchewan (Canada). She is interested in English literature and poetry, and has published a collection of her poems, Words for myself, in Farsi. Her English poems have been published in “Squawk Back”, “Great Weather for Media”, “Indiana Voice Journal”, “Sisyphus Quarterly”, “Paradox”, “TimBookTu”, “Bobbling of the Irrational”, “SPINE”, “American Writers Journal”, “Tuck Magazine”, “La Libertad”, “Tiny Poetry”, “The Pen”, “352 degrees”, and so many more. A number of her poems have been printed in the anthology books “Where the Mind Dwells” and “American Poet” as well as “Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze“. The first collection of her contemporary poems “Street of the Ginkgo Trees“, and also the newly released collection “Voice of Monarch Butterflies: Middle Eastern Anthology by Ten Poets from Ganges to Nile” are now on Amazon.


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