Making Mirrors: Writing/Righting by Refugees

Making Mirrors: Writing/Righting by Refugees

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Overview

A poetry anthology that illuminates exile and displacement. Making Mirrors began on two continents, envisioned by Palestinian poet and aid worker, Jehan Bseiso, and Becky Thompson, a US-based poet changed by months of greeting refugees after their perilous journey across the Aegean Sea. This anthology uses mirrors to reflect imagistic connections that allow us to see ourselves in each other, those on rafts and those standing on the shore, those waiting/writing in detention and those writing from places of relative safety, those who lift their children to the sky and those whose bodies are at the bottom of the sea. Making Mirrors offers a poetics of belonging—to the earth, family, and memories packed into backpacks. The poems go beyond refugee/citizen binaries and illuminate exile as a forced/creative space. As the refugee crisis fades from the front page of newspapers, this collection is a plea against historical amnesia and inertia; the poems are an antidote that reaches beyond despair to renewed action. Contributors include: Abbas Sheikhi • Abu Bakr Khaal • Adele Ne Jame • Ahmad Almallah • Ahmed • Qaisania • Angela Farmer • Baha’ Budair • Becky Thompson • Bronwen Griffiths • Eman Abedelhadi • Fadwa Soleiman • Fady Joudah • Fatima Al Hassan • Fouad Mohammed Fouad • Gbenga Adesina • Golan Haji • Hajer Almosleh • Hayan Charara • Ibtisam Barakat • Jehan Bseiso • Jose A. Alcantara • Lena Khalaf Tuffaha • Lisa Suhair Majaj • Marilyn Hacker • Marisa Frasca • Merna Ann Hecht • Mohsen Emadi • Mootacem Bellah Mhiri • Naomi Shihab Nye • Nathalie Handal • Nawwar Kamal Al Hassani • Nisreen Aj • Nora Barghati • Omar Mousa Alsayyed • Rewa Zeinati • Ruth Awad • Saad Abdullah • Sanaa Shuaybe • Sara Abou Rashed • Sara Saleh • Sharif S. Elmusa • Sholeh Wolpé • Zeina Azzam • Zeina Hashem Beck • Zoe Holman

Making Mirrors began on two continents, envisioned by Palestinian poet and aid worker, Jehan Bseiso, and Becky Thompson, a US-based poet changed by months of greeting refugees after their perilous journey across the Aegean Sea.

This anthology uses mirrors to reflect imagistic connections that allow us to see ourselves in each other, those on rafts and those standing on the shore, those waiting/writing in detention and those writing from places of relative safety, those who lift their children to the sky and those whose bodies are at the bottom of the sea.

Making Mirrors offers a poetics of belonging—to the earth, family, and memories packed into backpacks. The poems go beyond refugee/citizen binaries and illuminate exile as a forced/creative space.

As the refugee crisis fades from the front page of newspapers, this collection is a plea against historical amnesia and inertia; the poems are an antidote that reaches beyond despair to renewed action.

Contributors include: Abbas Sheikhi • Abu Bakr Khaal • Adele Ne Jame • Ahmad Almallah • Ahmed Qaisania • Angela Farmer • Baha’ Budair • Becky Thompson • Bronwen Griffiths • Eman Abedelhadi • Fadwa Soleiman • Fady Joudah • Fatima Al Hassan • Fouad Mohammed Fouad • Gbenga Adesina • Golan Haji • Hajer Almosleh • Hayan Charara • Ibtisam Barakat • Jehan Bseiso • Jose A. Alcantara • Lena Khalaf Tuffaha • Lisa Suhair Majaj • Marilyn Hacker • Marisa Frasca • Merna Ann Hecht • Mohsen Emadi • Mootacem Bellah Mhiri • Naomi Shihab Nye • Nathalie Handal • Nawwar Kamal Al Hassani • Nisreen Aj • Nora Barghati • Omar Mousa Alsayyed • Rewa Zeinati • Ruth Awad • Saad Abdullah • Sanaa Shuaybe • Sara Abou Rashed • Sara Saleh • Sharif S. Elmusa • Sholeh Wolpé • Zeina Azzam • Zeina Hashem Beck • Zoe Holman

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623719784
Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/21/2019
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jehan Bseiso is a Palestinian poet and researcher who has been working with Doctors without Borders since 2008. Her co-authored book I Remember My Name (2016) was winner of the Palestine Book Award.

Becky Thompson, Ph.D., is a poet, human rights activist, yogi, and professor. She is the author of several books, most recently, Teaching with Tenderness. Since 2015, Becky has been traveling to Greece, meeting rafts, documenting human rights violations, and teaching poetry workshops.

Table of Contents

Nazim Hikmet, excerpt from Some Advice for Those Who Will Serve lime in Prison 10

Nathalie Handal, Heartsong 11

Preface Becky Thompson Jehan Bseiso 13

Acknowledgements 17

Habeebi, Just Take the Boat

In the Belly of the Sea Abbas Sbeikhi 20

Splitting/sihlings Becky Thompson 21

An Algebra Come Home Fady Joudah 22

The key of return Baha' Ebdeir 23

It is snowing outside Mohsen Emadi 26

Migrant Boat Abu Bakr Khaal 28

Mediterranean Blue Naomi Shihab Nye 30

No Search, No Rescue Jehan Bseiso 31

Villages Have Names Too

Leaving My Childhood Home Zeina Azzam 34

Colors for the Diaspora 35

From Genesis Fadwa Suleiman 36

My Father Is the Sea, the Field, the Stone Ruth Awad 39

Ghazal: Back Home Zeina Hashem Beck 40

Naming Things 41

Villages Have Names Too Rewa Zeinati 47

I Want My House to Stand Sharif S. Elmusa 51

My People's Story Ibtisam Barakat 52

A ChoufLament Adele Ne Jame 53

Beit Nathalie Handal 55

After Aleppo Jehan Bseiso 56

To Fit into Our Backpacks

"I will look for myself and search for it" Sanaa Shuaibi 58

"Oh sea, don't cry and make as cry" 59

Fragment Lena Khalaf Tuffaha 60

Stories from the Sea Angela Farmer 61

Exile, Edge Lisa Suhair Majaj 62

Wound erf the Homeland Fatma Al Hassan 63

An Update of Our Fall Sharif S. Elmusa 64

Little Dreams Sanaa Shuaibi 65

"Long night?" 66

The Facts Are Faces

What She Says Gbenga Aciesma 68

Disappearances Golan Haji 69

States of Being in Holy Land Ahmad Almallah 72

Oncologist Mohja Kahf 74

140 Hajer Almosleh 75

Nieces and Nephews Marilyn Hacker 76

Under the Sky of Lampedusa Marisa Frasca 78

Exodus Nora M. Batghati 79

Aylan Sara Saleh 80

Interlude Adele Ne Jame 82

Tell Me Merna Ann Hecht 84

Countertop Jose A. Alcantara 86

On the Death of Other People's Children Hayan Charara 87

Sailing to Eternity Bronwen Griffiths 88

African Titanics Abu Bakr Khaal 89

Psalm for the Balkan Route Khaled Mattawa 91

Psalm for Arrival 91

Psalm for the Medic 91

Psalm for the Deportee 92

The Lost Eman Abdelhadi 93

Is Home My Ghost?

The World Grows Blackthorn Walls Sholeh Wolpé 96

Kiss the Jasmine Saad Abdullah 99

Welcome to America Sara Aboil Rashed 100

All Necessary Measures Zoe Holman 102

Misplaced Home Omar Alsayyed 103

The Corridor Fouad Mohammed Fouad 104

Who By Fire Mohja Kahf 105

Squarters' Rights Becky Thompson 106

A Song for Alef Ibtisam Barakat 107

The Outsider Sholeb Wolpé 109

Afterwords Sinan Antoon 110

About the Editors 113

About the Contributors 115

Reprint Acknowledgements 121

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