Disbeliever

by Mohja Kahf
published in MER214

In January 1998, unidentified gunmen entered a movie theater and small mosque near Algiers and massacred 120 men, women and children.

By the hunger of the children of Iraq
By the sound of frantic running in Kosovo
By the swollen bodies in a river in Rwanda
and Afghani women and the writers of Algiers,
I am a disbeliever

in everything that refuses to kiss full on the lips
the ones still living
and receive them in the bosom of the self,
no matter the religion or the nation or the race

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first writing since

by Suheir Hammad
published in MER221

I
there have been no words.
i have not written one word.
no poetry in the ashes south of canal
   street.
no prose in the refrigerated trucks
   driving debris and dna.
not one word.

today is a week, and seven is of
   heavens, gods, science.
evident out my kitchen window is an
   abstract reality.
sky where once was steel.
smoke where once was flesh.

fire in the city air and i feared for my

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