Poems and Texts

from the The Nerve Epistle by Sarah Riggs

Correspondences: Readings with Etel
Friday, November 30, 2018, 8:00 pm

from the The Nerve Epistle

Dear Ashraf ,

I heard you were there
not being able to imagine it
we are writing you this song
how to send love to someone
never met. Heard you there.
Habib imprisoned this week.
In or out. A penetrating
Dialogue. A wish to send
owl’s wings. Caught and
imported. For that hour,
second you there. Between
the films, sliver of an eye.
Sent you a rope to pull you
back into this place.

May 23, 2018

Dear Etel,

Those thoughts circle back
We had heard through the ocean
The creatures in troubled waters
We creatures turning about
Merely muse and a wonder
For the cavity: in there a coffee
Running alongside some questions
And you answered in green
You always answer in colors
The torrential thoughts in a window
or a cloud

Photo: Omar Berrada

Sarah Riggs

Sarah Riggs is a writer, artist, filmmaker and translator, www.sarahriggs.org. She has published poetry books with 1913 Press, Burning Deck, Reality Street, Ugly Duckling Presse, Chax, Editions de l’attente, and Le Bleu du Ciel as well as chapbooks with Belladonna* and Contrat Maint, and critical essays with Routledge. Forthcoming are paintings in collaboration with Emily Wallis Hughes’ book of poetry, Sugar Factory, with Spuyten Duyvil in 2018, a show of drawings for Laynie Browne’s Amulet Sonnets (forthcoming also as a book with Solid Objects) and translations of Etel Adnan’s Time from the French with Nightboat forthcoming 2019. Producer of The Tangier 8 and director of Six Lives, Riggs is currently working on a film of New York dancer choreographers including Daria Faïn, Emily Johnson, and Douglas Dunn. She has taught at Columbia and NYU in Paris, as well as Pratt in Brooklyn, and is working with Mirene Arsanios on the web publication of “Footprint Zero,”a project of especially New York and Morocco-based artists responding to the environmental crisis, for of the non-profit Tamaas, www.tamaas.org

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