21 Days/21 Poems: "Flight of the Poui Carpet" by Andrea Shaw


Flight of the Poui Carpet


Yellow fairy blossoms swirl
giggling as they glide
over rooftops and cars,
swoop through branches
and tease birds--
they kiss the grass ,
 then frolic all morning.
A spring carpet of fairies.

In Benghazi and Misrata, Bin Jawad and Ajdabiya,
bullets pierce the skies,
screaming past a little boy eating bazin,
a girl eating asida,
hailing an Arab spring .
No magic carpet to whisk them away.


Flight of the Poui Carpet” by Andrea Shaw


About Andrea Shaw:

Andrea Shaw is assistant director of the Division of Humanities and an associate professor of English at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale . She is a scholar of Caribbean and African Diaspora studies and author of The Embodiment of Disobedience: Fat Black Women's Unruly Political Bodies. She is also a creative writer. Her creative and scholarly writing have been published in numerous journals, including World Literature Today, MaComére, The Caribbean Writer, Crab Orchard Review, Feminist Media Studies, Social Semiotics, and FEMSPEC.She graduated from the University of Miami with a Ph.D. in English and from Florida International University with an M.F.A in creative writing. She is on the editorial board of Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal and on the board of the Women’s International Film Festival. She and her husband, Dean Nevins, are owners of Irie Isle Jamaican Restaurant.

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