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Hal Sirowitz

“Allah created the world with a sneeze.”
—Bernice Kanner, Lies My Parents Told Me (St. Martin’s, 1993).

If Allah created the world
with a sneeze, Father said,

then Jahweh, what we Jews
call Him, created it without

opening his mouth, except
to say, “Let there be light!”

which was more of an afterthought.
Why shouldn’t He see what He was doing?

Hakim Bey once called Hal Sirowitz the most bearable of the Unbearables. He's the author of four books of poetry—Mother Said, My Therapist Said (Crown/Random House), Father Said, and Before, During & After (Soft Skull)—with a fifth one forthcoming from Backwaters Press in Nebraska. Ron Kolm, the undeclared guiding light of the Unbearables, was the first one to publish him in book form.

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