a shelf topped with books | JOHN EHAB
From a coffee break in Berlin to a funeral in Cairo and all the way down to the bottom of a sludgy well, John Ehab portrays an image of incompatible, inharmonious worlds. The poet attempts to grapple with the differences by traveling inwardly between contrasting poles or simply pausing in a state of confusion.
The location of each poem's inception is of equal importance to the feeling and experience of the poet. It is a journey of pain, longing and hope. It is an escape or a quest for that "best place," or maybe just for "a shelf, topped with books, topped with a shelf, topped with books."