¿Bashtak kheshtak-e tou ra gereft-e?
does the devil have you by the entrails?
do you know that evil is in the details?
do you know I was born with a tail?
born with nails
on the end of fingers?
born with a nail
through the the palm of my hand?
devil in a blue dress
sirens’ song for those in distress
the devil in a blue dress
is the devil and the sea
when I was shipwrecked did you see me?
the devil’s in the breeze
so gentle and easy
the devil’s in the taste
devil’s in the sun
I was out there, did you see me?
the devil’s in the waves
and the devil’s in the sails
I waved to a fleet
as I flailed in the deep
I was out there, couldn’t you save me?
devil’s in the…
the devil’s in your heart
I saw the devil in your cards
rigging my canvas to
the devil as a mast
the wine red waters swallow
the future and the past
hader’s left eye is a slow boat to Hades
on your pupils I was shipwrecked, did you see me?
do you know the devil’s a lady
who held me in her body like I was her baby?
smothered and swallowed, swaddled in blue silk
I drank in the the ocean like it was mother’s milk
I thought I was an island
but once I was lost at sea, me.
Sammaneh Poursh is a Queer Muslim and hereditary witch who arrived in Australia as a refugee after the Iranian Revolution. A multidisciplinary visual artist, performer and writer, her work has been exhibited at Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, Biennale of Sydney, Queensland Poetry Festival 2019, and a sold out season of her show Like A Persian at Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019. Sammaneh’s work plays with concepts of Dream Logic, ritual, the Body, diaspora, Middle Eastern and Western histories, and comedy as a way to address trauma. Sammaneh is currently producing a stand up comedy show for Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2020 as well as continuing her visual arts and handpoked tattooing practice.