To Walk on Art

Hamadan, sirouk, bokhara—
..such rugs can take a year
..or more to weave.
………………………………Colored
..with vegetable dyes, the hues
..intensify and blend the more
..the rugs are used.
………………………………A royal
..bokhara requires three hundred
..hand-tied knots per square
..inch.
…………Conceding that only God
..is perfect, the weavers tie
..the first knot wrong by choice …
My father dealt in oriental
..rugs and knew each type
..by name.
………………..He saw them all
..as more than goods.
………………………………….Sculptures
..and paintings were made to be seen,
..but rugs for him were usefully
..beautiful.
………………..Often after decades
..he would buy back rugs
..from their original owners
..for the price paid or more.
He walked on oriental rugs
..with care as if in tribute
..to the weavers who went beyond
..art for art’s sake to make
..what turned more beautiful with wear.

Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo is the author of books of poetry, fiction, essays and plays, and is the founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University, where he taught for forty-three years. From 1950 until 1957 he served in the United States Marine Corps, completing his tour as a captain. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts degree from Duquesne University and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Some of his previous works are And the Time Is, They Rule the World, Like a Man Gone Mad and Sexes: The Marriage Dialogues (Poetry), The Time Remaining and This Part of the World (Fiction), Watching Fire, Watching Rain and Tell it to the Marines (Drama), The Stroke of a Pen and Outspokenly Yours (Essays), and The Pittsburgh that Stays Within You (Memoir). His translations include Denis de Rougemont's The Growl of Deeper Waters, NadiaTueni’s Lebanon: Twenty Poems for One Love and Adonis' The Pages of Day and Night. In 2003 a selective collection of his poems, Just Once, received the Maurice English Poetry Award. He has been awarded twelve honorary doctorates. He was honored with the Griffin Award for Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame, his alma mater, and was chosen to receive his tenth honorary doctorate from the university in 2008. A National Book Award finalist, he was named Pennsylvania’s first State Poet by Governor Robert Casey in l993, and he served until 2003.
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Samuel Hazo is the author of books of poetry, fiction, essays and plays, and is the founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University, where he taught for forty-three years. From 1950 until 1957 he served in the United States Marine Corps, completing his tour as a captain. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts degree from Duquesne University and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Some of his previous works are And the Time Is, They Rule the World, Like a Man Gone Mad and Sexes: The Marriage Dialogues (Poetry), The Time Remaining and This Part of the World (Fiction), Watching Fire, Watching Rain and Tell it to the Marines (Drama), The Stroke of a Pen and Outspokenly Yours (Essays), and The Pittsburgh that Stays Within You (Memoir). His translations include Denis de Rougemont's The Growl of Deeper Waters, NadiaTueni’s Lebanon: Twenty Poems for One Love and Adonis' The Pages of Day and Night. In 2003 a selective collection of his poems, Just Once, received the Maurice English Poetry Award. He has been awarded twelve honorary doctorates. He was honored with the Griffin Award for Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame, his alma mater, and was chosen to receive his tenth honorary doctorate from the university in 2008. A National Book Award finalist, he was named Pennsylvania’s first State Poet by Governor Robert Casey in l993, and he served until 2003.