Eric Ormsby's poetry has appeared The New Yorker, The New Republic, Paris Review, Parnassus, and is anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Poetry. His last book, For a Modest God: New and Selected Poems (1997), was published by Grove Press. In 1992 he received the prestigious Ingram Merrill Foundation Prize for "out-standing work as a poet." Eric Ormsby has been Curator of Islamic Manuscripts at Princeton University, Directory of Libraries at Catholic University of America, and a chef trainee at New York's legendary Brasserie restaurant. He is currently a professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University, Montreal.
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JAHAM SAYS ADHAM'S BEADS
This was his rosary of olive wood
Whose ninety-nine black beads hang from a cord.
He bought it on pilgrimage, while still a child,
And always it looped down from his grimy hand.
The rosary's repose is serpentine.
It lies in its fat black coils in asp encirclings
And viper-rippling rings
And when I pick it up the dark disks click
Between my fingers as I breathe the names
God gave Himself before the world began.
Creator, Fashioner, Immortal One,
Enduring, Living, Mighty, Merciful...
The strand yields to my impatient hand
with staccato softness of its vocatives:
Victorious, Compassionate, O Listener!
Resurrecting and Extinguishing, Unique!
But I pray better with the voiced
Beads of the rosary, and not with names.
My supplication's in my fingertip
That slides the awed wood down the hidden thread.
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