Saturday, December 2, 2017

Street Poetry of Chicago: I'm an Ant by Marwan Fateen

photo © Mark Butkus 2011

I'm dist-ant
An inhabit-ant
Of c-ant
I'm an ant
Part of a larger whole
A body
that we all control
Take away the tee
And you'll find me
Free
I'm not
I can't
Because I'm an ant
Apostrophe
Catastrophe
Stop asking me
Nagging me
I pleases thee
Can't you see
It's a burden on me
I'm to be free
Please set me free
The only one for that
Is me
The ant
That can't

We are the ant
Who's ant-ics are not unique
Ant-ique
Consistent
Persistent
A Domin-ant contest-ant
the opposite of irrelev-ant
Resentment
I need a complement
not a compliment
You are repugn-ant
The embodiment of disgusting
Your ant-agonistic tactics are obvious
Oblivious
Sycophantic
Fr-ant-ic
Robotic clones
Get in line
Leave me alone
I'm an ant in this habitat
An inhabit-ant
the ant


— Marwan Fateen


We came across Marwan Fateen and his poetry at the same time on State Street in Chicago. Marwan was offering stapled photocopies of his poetry for donations. Five dollars later, the Bar None Group was in possession of a representative cross section of Marwan's poetry and the knowledge that another poet's work was shared within these pages.

A native of Chicago, Marwan Fateen is an, "artist, writer, poet and philosopher in all things." Marwan has published several independent publications since 2005, including: The Waste of Chicago; BLACK Newsletter; BLACK Magazine, and ignigma.

Marwan has also published a book of poems Parts of MAN: The Declaration of Truth, which was financed solely by distributing poems on the streets. I'm an Ant was first published in 2013.