More than just a young wine
I don't know what colour is your depression
olive, crimson or maybe royal blue
Oh no, you told me
Its light lilac
Just like your soul, I assume
I don't know many things about you:
your height, what you prefer to eat
or your favourite places to go
But verbal information
helps to build up an image
and stereotype. That's all
What I know is something earth less
Something that can't be enclosed in a frame
Something that is unfolding slowly
And just like tasting young red wine
(rarely caresses, rather extremely stimulates)
Your energy and your virtual presence
stirs up passion in my vessel
And so the story begins.
Leyli Salayeva - an award-winning performance poet, writer and experimental artist. She is a founder of UpdownPoetry & Squarefiftyseven poetry concepts. She has authored award-winning children’s book “Dilber and Her Spoonful Journey”, two poetry books in English – “Twelve Thirteen” (2014) and “Youtopia” (2016) and two poetry books in Russian – “Anabioz” (2018) and “Zatilok” (2020). Youtopia received Honorable Mention at 2016 London Book Festival. Her latest project “57 Portraits” is a gallery of portraits of contemporaries created in poetic form.
Her poems and articles have been published in numerous literature journals in the UK, Poland, Canada, Russia, Australia and USA. Leyli's collaborative works with local & international artists were exhibited in The Poetry Society UK, Triumph Gallery Moscow, Yay Gallery Baku, Tbilisi Art Fair, etc. Her collaborative work “Men only, women be not ashamed" dedicated to verbal harassment of women had a resonance in the society.