There is a voice by Bänoo Zan

that sings your song 

opens your veins to

There is a voice
who is not you 

gives you words
you never had 

invites you 
to the allegory  
of the cave 

There is a voice
in whose tales 
you are a myth 

shatters your pettiness 
and makes you whole 

There is a voice
that claims you— 

abyss and wings and all

There is a voice
that is yours 

when you cross
your borders 

There is a voice – 

Take yourself
out of its way 

Let it sing
through you

Let it make you
a song— 

There is a voice 


Copyright  © Bänoo Zan. Originally published in Gaea Calling: Community, Insight, Influence, 2017.


Photo credit: Nada Hashim

Bänoo Zan is a poet, librettist, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator, with more than 170 published poems and poetry-related pieces as well as three books. Song of Phoenix: Life and Works of Sylvia Plath, was reprinted in Iran in 2010.  Songs of Exile, her first poetry collection, was released in 2016 in Canada by Guernica Editions. It was shortlisted for Gerald Lampert Memorial Award by the League of Canadian Poets in 2017.  Letters to My Father, her second poetry book, was published in 2017 by Piquant Press in Canada. She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series (inception: 2012). It is a brave space that bridges the gap between communities of poets from different ethnicities, nationalities, religions (or lack thereof), ages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, poetic styles, voices and visions. Find Bänoo on Instagram @banoo.zan and Twitter at@BanooZan & @ShabeSherTo.


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