We are delighted to present our Praxis readers with a photography chapbook by Carl Scharwath: HIRAETH. We’re honoured to also be able to share with you a poem of the same title by Rizwan Saleem (Dubai UAE).
Read Rizwan Saleem’s poem below, then download and enjoy the amazing collection of Carl Scharwath’s photographs (curated by Praxis Art Coordinator, Shannon Hopkins): HIRAETH.
Some years ago
When bones and shackles were one
And life drained down to clogged canals
The detritus of could have beens
And should have beens
Float away down stream
Stuck now in the crucifix of routines
And fatality of passing time
Debt owed and renewed
Yet still, every supplication
Is invested in our chance meeting
Perhaps we can live again in that brief moment
And die too
– Rizwan Saleem
Rizwan Saleem is a Banker based in Dubai UAE. The thoughts and expressions detailed in his works are of his various escapades suffered through life, and of the profound surprise of having survived long enough to pen them into words. His poems and prose have appeared in anthologies ‘Twenty Seven Signs’ by Lady Chaos Press, ‘Self Portrait Poetry Collection’ by Silver Birch Press, E fiction India, Scarlet Leaf Publishing as well as Colors of Refuge.
Carl Scharwath has appeared globally with 150+ journals selecting his poetry, short stories, interviews, essays, plays or art photography (His photography was featured on the cover of 6 literary journals.) Two poetry books ‘Journey To Become Forgotten’ (Kind of a Hurricane Press) and ‘Abandoned’ (ScarsTv) have been published. Carl is the art editor for Minute Magazine, a dedicated runner and 2nd degree black- belt in Taekwondo.