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Published:July 6th, 2009 10:31 EST
Poetry: Torn Curtains Blowing

Poetry: Torn Curtains Blowing

By Djelloul (Del) Marbrook (Editor/Mentor)

Houses war to keep
what happens in them
from suck and blanch
of time. This much I know,
but what`s the meaning
of my homeyness in them,
places I couldn`t have been, 

lives I couldn`t have lived?
Torn curtains blowing
from blasted houses stop
my breath and remind me
of what I couldn`t have felt
or thought or done.

 

 

 

Djelloul (jeh-lool) Marbrook was born in 1934 in Algiers to a Bedouin father and an American painter. He grew up in Brooklyn, West Islip and Manhattan, New York, where he attended Dwight Preparatory School and Columbia. He then served in the U.S. Navy.

The pioneering Online Originals (U.K.), the only online publisher to receive a Booker nomination, published his novella, Alice Miller`s Room, in 1999. Recent fiction appeared in Prima Materia (Woodstock, NY), vols. I and IV, and Breakfast All Day (London, U.K.).In his younger days his poetry was published in literary journals including Solstice (England) and Beyond Baroque and Phantasm (California). Recent poems appear in Arabesques Literary and Cultural Review (www.arabesquespress.org), Perpetua Mobile (Baltimore), and Attic (Baltimore). He is the English language editor of Arabesques Literary and Cultural Journal (www.arabesquespress.org).

He worked as a reporter for The Providence Journal and as an editor for The Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette, The Baltimore Sun, The Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel and The Washington Star. Later he worked as executive editor of four small dailies in northeast Ohio and two medium-size dailies in northern New Jersey.