Click on any red letter in “coronavirusdisease” below and a new window will open where you can read a hyperform poem. There are 18 poems for the 18 letters. Also, click on the link to “MFA: a hyperform” to read the poem I wrote for my graduating class.
The poems are best viewed on a computer screen.
Born in 1978 in Toronto, Canada, Zeshan Syed had his first book (time), a collection of short stories by him and David Dias, published by 300Days, Toronto, in 1997. A copy is in the Rare Canadian Books Collection of Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. In 2001 he created The Andalusia Prize for Literature, and its anthology of writing from 2001-2006 was published in 2007 with Fathima Cader as a co-editor. From 2001 to 2014, Syed began an epic poem on the third Rightly-Guided Caliph, the venerable ’Uthmān, and completed this 1,492-verse poem in iambic pentameter couplets after a 10-year immersion in Sufi culture to better understand the living spirituality of the caliph-saint from late antiquity.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from York University (2003), and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Northeastern Illinois University (2018), Magna Cum Laude. He lives in Chicago.