Sylvie Drake: "A Lemon Is Not a Lowly Fruit" & Two More Poems
Sylvie Drake is a translator, writer, poet and a former theatre critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. A directing graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse, she was born and grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, and currently serves as Director of Publications for The Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
I saw the moon rise
On the beach
Behind a wall
Over the living sea
I saw the sun rise from the lotus
Quivering on the dark primeval waters
Country of my birth
Kemet and Deshret
Order and Chaos
Land from whose Winds and Deserts
Land from whose chants
I learned speech
From your divided self, Egypt,
I learned co-existence
Parched, gentle land
Full of dread, despair and broken promise
Where the light
brilliant and infinite always
Where I saw the moon rise
On the beach
Making the gold one silver
Inspired by the Egyptian exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, June 1998
On the Advantages of Lop-Sided Hearing
is the selective solution
to noise pollution
simply by sleeping on your good ear
you may choose, as you lie supine
(and with apologies to Gertrude Stein),
whether you want a hear here.
A Lemon Is Not a Lowly Fruit
Since lemon makes almost everything taste better
Why is it viewed so poorly in our speech?
It makes food tart, more interesting and wetter
And all that pucker brings a kiss within our reach…
We are proud to premiere these poems in Cultural Weekly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sylvie Drake is a trilingual translator and writer, who was born in Alexandria, Egypt. She has an MFA in directing from the Pasadena Playhouse, is a former theatre critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, serving as chief critic for the last three of a total of 23 years. She was invited to establish Prima Facie, the first new play festival for the Denver Center Theatre Company that continues to this day under a different name, and later served for several years as director of Media Relations & Publications for The Denver Center for the Performing Arts as well as advisor to the Denver Center Theatre Company. She was twice president of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, is a current member of the American Theatre Critics Association and a current contributor to culturaldaily.com and other publications.
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