Introducing Our First June Featured Artist - Siham Karami!

Come meet our latest Featured Artist, the talented Siham Karami! We've got loads of wonderful work to share with you this week from Siham's extensive catalogue.

Siham Karami’s first poetry collection, To Love the River, celebrates life with all its agony and transcendence as a kind of spiritual pursuit. She lives with her large family, too many cats, and a a whirlwind rescue dog. Her chapbook manuscript Whore of Blue was a finalist in the QuillsEdge Chapbook Contest. Her poetry has been widely published in such places as Able Muse, The Comstock Review, Off the Coast, Third Wednesday, South Florida Poetry Journal, Literary Mama, and Anti-Heroin Chic; reviews in The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly Review, Pleiades, Glass Poetry, and thethepoetry. Photography is her latest obsession, with work forthcoming in Kissing Dynamite, Fourth and Sycamore, and Peacock Journal. Nominated multiple times for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, she blogs at and can be found on Twitter @sihamkarami

Today we're introducing Siham with a stunning unpublished poem.

In the Interim

between the agonies, in the intake 
where the breath resides

for just one moment, 
where the open petals fleetingly

in their apex pink, astonish
the rods and cones'

understated noticing,
and in the alveoli before exhale,

magenta surges through my arteries,
a word from you I dare not possess

while holding it alight, so that on exhale
the flower within it

will not wilt nor my heart alter
its expectant rise,

its pulse a shivaree of pur-purples, goldleaf-greens,
and la-la-lavenders —
a smoky receptivity rubs its lamp

releasing genies from inside

an enchanted crucible