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In the Arms of Words: Poems for Tsunami Relief
New Benefit Anthology edited by Amy Ouzoonian

Your Pill
Amy Ouzoonian

Cover Art by Daniel Oates-Kuhn

Some poetry is 'far out' -- but not Amy Ouzoonian's.
Her poetry reaches far and out bringing back a logic
and a clarity that turns all we know surreal and all we
believe absurd.
--- Brett Axel

The book "Your Pill" reflects the American need for medicine or a tool kit to help repair or heal them from the chaos of war within this country and outside its borders.  "Your Pill" is part of a healing process that I underwent when I was involved in caring for individuals with disabilities, when I was under the influence of psychotropic drugs, when I was raped and when I learned to express these experiences through my art and writing.  My hope is that this book will force people to take another look at society around them and not accept its limitations and hurtful mundane structure.  "Your Pill" is a guide and a smiling gesture that tells a story and invites its readers to find positive ways to express themselves and find a way to cope and heal.
Amy L. Ouzoonian


Little Birds in a Plane Cross the Atlantic     
Gin and Clonic     
Still Love     
Eve's Bad Day     
About the Residents     
Taking Your Advice     
Of the Mississippi     
unspent love     
A Manual for Mass Instruction:  
          Concerning the Engine     
Love's Myth      
Crossroads Blues     
The Farmer's Daughter     
Hearing the Call      2:00 pm     
Hitchhikers guide to dining out     
Thrust, Leave     
Say goodbye                              
                      The Way How                         
Write Of Way: A Manual
           For Mass Instruction                      
Musician's Food                         
Send Off     
Patchwork Chamber     
Similes Like Love     
When My Sister Talked With God     
Explaining the Claddagh Ring
An Open Letter to Amy Ouzoonian         
Five Roses     
Eastern Meditations Conflict with my
     Emotional Mechanics     
Preordained Suicide Note     
A Velvet Strap-on Dildo     
She Won't Say She's Unhappy     
Armageddon it was Not     
To Mother, Your Daughter Understands     
Scopes of the Blackening Warwick     
On the Side of the Highway     
Mother Heritage of Anti-Och     
Recreating Barbie                         
Four Arms                              
Cobbler Americana                         
The Addition                              
A Few of the Places I've Masturbated               
You Ask Me How I Know That
     Vietnam Changed My Father     
Starving Artist                         
Over Easy     

From the book:

A Manual for Mass Instruction:  
Concerning the Engine

The engine would stop
if all the parts didn't work
so, some stepped outside
and tasted Virgil's
comprehensive nectar until
the sun threw her arms around
the concept of      many-

Many declared our country God-less and
emptied their lungs of air
in a field
that was the pul-
monary vein to violence.
Their bulbous eyes absorbed
venus' prosthetic breasts:
naked and vulnerable
as their shuddering independence.

They crawled inside, blind-folded with
Blood, hope and stars
dreaming in blue.

Few could not stop feeding on
the moon.
Fed to water,
They smacked a horizon
called forgiveness.

The motor heart would stop if
children spoke back
to the chattering boxes
--dressed in glorified fixtures of light-
Spoke and knew
that it was themselves who
They hated, envied, loved          it was
themselves who
paralyzed their fate,
that God existed as much
as their will.

The valves would rust and rot
The engine would drop if
Everyday a fist unraveled and
Cried out in its first voice
here, take this--
This is all I have.

Amy 'uzi' Ouzoonian recently received her BA in writing for the theater and journalism from SUNY New Paltz university.  She has edited an anthology of poetry, Skyscrapers, Taxis and Tampons and has been the editor of 4 issues of A Gathering of the Tribes Magazine.  She lives in New Paltz, New York where she hosts a poetry reading at the Mudd Puddle Cafe and is a board member of Arts for Peace and the performance director of the Space: a cultural co-op art organization and a member of the activist group Synthesis.

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Your Pill is an 88 page hand-sewn paperback with flat spine - $15.00
ISBN:  0-941053-39-3


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