Br. Karekin's Poetry

Over time, I will collect here those pieces that I think are most representative of my work. Please enjoy. Please share, but only with attribution. 


Religious Poetry

Tucher Altarpiece, detail: Annunciation and Crucifixion (c.1448); courtesy ARTstor Slide Gallery (University of California, San Diego)

Tucher Altarpiece, detail: Annunciation and Crucifixion (c.1448); courtesy ARTstor Slide Gallery (University of California, San Diego)

Convergence

Rarely, the Feast of the Annunciation and Good Friday concur on the same day. In 2016, it did on March 25th. This poem is a reflection on the joy of motherhood and the pain of loss and death as it can only affect a mother.

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Trias I

The first in a series of poems in Renga meter that explores the Divine Life with unexpected metaphor. Three poems in each cycle use imagination and surprising images to explore the Persons of the Trinity.

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Ascension

A reflection on the Feast of the Ascension on the raising of your humanity in a supreme act of love.

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Ketubah

A wedding poem that draws on the story of Ruth and Naomi in the Scriptures to describe the self-offering of two in marriage. Vibrant feminine energy and sensuality are reminiscent of the Song of Songs.

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Narrative Poetry

© 2006 Anthony A Anchundo, Untitled Cityscape

© 2006 Anthony A Anchundo, Untitled Cityscape

A Dream of Hanuman

An erotic poem about a fever dream and the messenger God of Hindu story. The figure of Hanuman stands in for encounter with the Divine through physical encounter.

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Umm Al-Arabi

A reflection on our Middle Eastern wars of aggression and the pain of disconnection between two people who walk around the issue over coffee.

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Three Words for a Muse

A poem written for my friend Skyler Cooper, actor, genius, trans-masculine angel. He was an inspiration for an entire series of works done in 2005-2006 as he achieved his dream of playing Othello on the stage.

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Portraits of the Northern California Coast

Two elegies in blank verse that speak of solitude and companionship. Stonehouse speaks to the silent sorrow of two friends grieving together, while Big Sur speaks of the majesty of the indomitable human will to find peace in the midst of grief.

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