Poems of Love and Longing

:: Trio

:: Hummingbird Conditions

:: Three Poems On Being

:: Never Knew This Place

:: This Silent Language Between Us

:: The Message

:: Ojos Calientes

:: Map of a Garden

:: Light

:: Sending You Off

:: Joys of a Simple Meal

:: In This Dry, Amber Air

:: Gestures in Red

:: Let Us Pretend

:: Eyes

Esther Kamkar: The Clay And Glass Arts Foundation's grant made it possible for me to teach Personal Narratives in Poetry and Clay to 10 children in an under-served community in the area. I found out in the first session that one of the 4th grade girls, a Spanish speaker, had some serious learning disability and was writing like a 1st grader. She wrote without vowels, 'flower' became 'flwr', and she didn't want anyone to look at her writing in her journal.

I asked her to come and sit next to me and told her that I know some famous poets who don't write, they
dictate their word. I wanted to be her secretary and would write down her words in her journal for her.

She was two big eyes and a wide smile, very pleased and bragging that she had a secretary. She could not stop talking her poems for me to write down. "Please be slower, I cannot write them as fast as you think them", I would beg to her delight.

I think that was the turning point for her. She made beautiful clay tiles and a head with braids. I'm glad I was there at that moment and invented that idea to be the secretary. Who knows how many more years she would remember that moment.

Esther Kamkar, Palo Alto, California artist and poet. Poems, poetry, writing, published works - footer logo

Copyright © 2017 Esther Kamkar. All Rights Reserved
:: Design by Waterman
:: Logo woodcut by Barbara Leventhal-Stern