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Border Lives

–always some kind of map stretching be-/yond these lines: history, politics, progress… Memories dimmed to the quality/ of ancient murals… I find a new road I never knew existed or, is it an old/ street deprived of its landmarks?// Jane … Continue reading

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The Kindness of Strangers

kiss me, for where else do we carry home now, habibi, if not on our lips? Zeina Hashem Beck, “Naming Things, for refugees, September 2015” I dislike the idea of essentialism. I want to believe we always have that choice … Continue reading

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Abeer’s Classroom

The Sea of Faith Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore “Dover Beach”, Mathew Arnold Abeer came up to me with a wide smile and clasped her hands. She said she had news. We had become friends … Continue reading

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The Children

“The opposite of irony is nakedness” Lia Purpura, “Brief Treatise Against Irony” I was down at the Syrian shelter, or what’s being called ‘Syrian House’ a squat where some 400 people have made a shelter out of an abandoned school. … Continue reading

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The porous [boundary

Border: noun the part or edge of a surface or area that forms its outer boundary the line that separates one country, state, province, etc., from another; frontier line: You cannot cross the border without a visa the district or … Continue reading

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Rupture

“How will I ever eat fish again, or swim in the sea, but I will eat fish and swim in the sea,” says Katerina.   How do you speak of days imbued with the halcyon sun as dead bodies wash … Continue reading

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The Lament Tax

“…I was thrown out of Smyrni and all I do is cry… I smoke hashishi and play the outi in café Aman…” (from “Prosfigaki”, or “Refugee” by Markos Melkon) The Greek “Amanedes”, or laments, prefigured Rembetika music, which, like the … Continue reading

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