Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume IX Issue VI


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry


Author: Khashayar Mohammadi

Illustrator: Saeed Tavanaee Marvi

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2021

Pages: 14

“Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.”
- from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

THE OCEANDWELLER by Khashayar Mohammadi is an original zeitgeist in New Age progression. Influences of Imagist and Beat poetry forms present in the sorrow of broken within an idea of mystery, a flower that is beginning to open in poetic treatise. Khashayar Mohammadi(Poet, writer, photographer, translator) born in Iran, lives and works in Toronto. He has published Chapbooks and his debut imprint of poetry Me, You, Then Snow (Gordon Hill Press) is forthcoming in the Spring of 2021.

As an emerging poet, the work is exciting in original form, the truncated thoughts, the haunting images of flowers and ocean are annotated as if the long poem is a play. Within the body of the work lines appear in a different font, disembodied as if “stage directions” written in descriptors, a cut away of memory, (of the room the poet is writing in, people and places, music playing, the television on) as if weaving in and out of “reality” creating an interior/exterior monologue, a tumultuous reverie perhaps inside distaff. An underlying theme in this cinematic poetic offering is the story of a conflicted love affair.

“I grabbed the key to sunrise
my wounds, a lantern in the streets

I had several directions,
to you”

And within the tome are romantic philosophic pathways on the history of the flowering Asuriq, the nature of heartbreak, of pain, the telephone, “that’s why the phone receiver smells of violets.” Running through the work, is the image of the window, something the acacia flowers have entered through the kitchen, white, in wedding dresses, a woman has her face pressed to the cold window, the symbol of the window often associated with suicide, an incredibly elegant presentation of loss.

As if a song in the throat, just emerging, a magical surreal weave of the beautiful in sorrow. A captivating work from an emerging poet, This Writer looks for more from this poet, THE OCEANDWELLER by Khashayar Mohammadi.

Available @ above/ground press.

Subterranean Blue Poetry

© 2021