Hazem Fahmy

Your Best American (____/____)

after Mitski


I sachet

and blush, raise

a white flag: tell me

what you want,

I’ll put it

(on/in) my body – drench

myself in glitter

(anti-Nazi glitter). If you need it,

I’ll say I love you

in my accent,

in my delicious drawl.

I’ll draw a river out of you,

banks verdant,

wide as a horizon. Bury me

in this shrubbery. Watch me

(Rick)roll in my grave – isn’t that

a joke worthy

of (American) applause? A show

in death is still

a show and habibi, I plan

on showing-off, I





ahead of me

the sun                             the night

its song

the moon

awake                         singing


wait           ,            come

approve of how all

I do          

all                    boy



I         wanted


my mother raised me




I think


Hazem Fahmy is a poet and critic from Cairo. He is an Honors graduate of Wesleyan University’s College of Letters where he studied literature, philosophy, history and film. His poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming in Apogee, HEArt, Mizna, and The Offing. His performances have been featured on Button Poetry and Write About Now. He is a poetry editor for Voicemail Poems and a contributing writer to Film Inquiry. In his spare time, Hazem writes about the Middle East and tries to come up with creative ways to mock Classicism. He makes videos occasionally.

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