Hallucinating Humans in Hypothetical Houses

by Linda Ahmed



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/21/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 52
ISBN : 9781480893917
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 52
ISBN : 9781480893924

About the Book

Sometimes I convince myself most of my memories are fake. I read once of people who were in their thirties who found out they were actually in their forties. I wonder if I have been lied to about my age. You might call me paranoid, but your memory doesn’t fully kick in until you’re about three, and even after that your thoughts still aren’t coherent. So it is very much possible to not know your own true age. Sometimes I speak to you just to say things out loud, and I think you realize because you won’t respond. Since we’ve moved into this house, I can’t tell if things have become more or less clear. I don’t know if I know what is going on any more than I did before I met you. Most of my life right now is spent in a comfortable confusion, with you as a lurking constant. I was told to pick up writing, so I’d be able to read over what I wrote and decide what’s real and what isn’t. I’d be able to find out what’s really going on. But the thing is, when I read over it, I’m not sure what happened in real life and what I made up. This is the story of us—you and me. We are unwell, and our fates are undecided. I found you on the side of the road however many years ago, and here we are. Between my hallucinations and yours, reality has become a joke, but we’ll laugh at it together.

About the Author

Linda Ahmed is an Egyptian American poet from New Jersey who has been writing poetry since she was in middle school. Her love of poetry began as an outlet, a way to express moody teenage angst. But it grew into a love and passion for the craft of poetry. In this collection of poems she reflects on the people she’s met, the opinions she’s formed, the struggles she’s overcome, all written in a dreamy haze of hallucination and imagination. She hopes others see their own growth through these verses and find their own meaning in the fog she’s created.