Each day during the month of April, KUOW is highlighting the work of Seattle-based poets for National Poetry Month. In this series curated by Seattle Civic Poet and Ten Thousand Things host Shin Yu Pai, you’ll find a selection of poems for the mind, heart, senses, and soul.
In “Sacred Bowl”, Samar Abulhassan contemplates the living history of the the DeCharlene Salon, a Black-owned shop with more than 50 years of being in business within Seattle’s Central District. During the pandemic, the rapport that Abulhassan established with the granddaughter of the salon’s original owner helped her to feel connected to others and herself.
Samar is a poet and teaching artist living in Seattle. She’s a Hedgebrook alum, Jack Straw Writer and holds an MFA from Colorado State University. She’s worked with Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools since 2008, and for Hugo House’s Scribes program and the Skagit River Poetry Foundation since 2010.