The Works of Naomi Ruth Lowinsky
Naomi Ruth Lowinsky’s poems have been widely published, most recently in The Lindenwood Review, Sanskrit, Spillway, Barely South and New Millennium Writings.
Lowinsky’s fourth poetry collection is The Faust Woman Poems. Her memoir, The Sister from Below: When the Muse Gets Her Way tells stories about her pushy muse.
Lowinsky is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Berkeley, CA and the poetry and fiction editor of Psychological Perspectives, which is published by the Los Angeles Jung Institute.
All Poems © Naomi Ruth Lowinsky
Some Questions for the Dream Maker
Why in the dream drama
do you cast me in such
a nasty role? Force me to force
a daughter of Atatürk out
of her family mansion in Istanbul? She
with the free-flowing hair Me
turned collaborator with my old foe the patriarch
who would claim in my name her Ottoman inheritance
Istanbul? I’ve never even been to Istanbul
And the young woman I’m on her side Or
Is there an Istanbul within me? A city of long ago
glory An old lady city
whose empires have crumbled
whose melancholy clings to aging dwellings
Is there a dark-eyed young woman within me
pushed out of privilege lost to her stars
gazing at the Bosporus through what used to be
her window Where can she go? There’s turmoil
in the streets There’s war next door A tyrant who murders
his own people Refugees flood the borders
This is an old story I think of my own
dark-eyed mother cast out of childhood
sent wandering from world to world
with false papers Who invaded her
many storied home before it was bombed?
Our lady of Istanbul charms me Offers me wine
from her father’s cellar Shows me her grandmother’s library
books I know well on the unearthed goddess “Your goddess,” she says,
“is my goddess” It is dusk We sit among sepia photographs
She wants us to live here together inherit each other’s ghosts
Doesn’t she know what they do to collaborators?
Dream maker if this is high drama
meant to reveal what I can’t comprehend
Couldn’t you turn up the lights?