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Are there any Greeks in this book? (1)

Originally posted on Piano Poetry Pantelis Politics:
Comparisons of Hebraism and Hellenism are often marked by an extraordinary void, the absence of any modern Greeks. While such comparisons always refer to Jewish figures of modernity and cite Jewish writers, Greeks…

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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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