Fady Joudah

Election Year Dream

They put us in camps
made us jump through hulahoops of fire


like tigers we was scared
below the knees my friend
had chains for stumps


Chains? she asked
They worked I said


A puppyhood chomped a bit
off one of my ears


but did not crack my cochlea
or the snail living inside it


My auricle’s a hem
that has been moth-eaten

Coda: A Fragment

And when it was over
you had been over me
you had me
opening to opening
Fady Joudah is a poet and physician. He is the 2007 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition for his collection of poems The Earth in the Attic. In 2006, he published The Butterfly’s Burden, a collection of poems by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish translated from Arabic, which won the TLS/Banipal prize in Translation. In 2013, Joudah received the Griffin International Poetry prize for his translation of Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me and Other Poems. In 2014 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. Alight and Textu, both from Copper Canyon Press, are his most recent poetry collections. Textu is a book-long sequence of short poems based on cellphone character count.
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Susan Lewis (susanlewis.net) is the Editor-in-chief and founder of Posit (positjournal.com) and the author of ten books and chapbooks, including Zoom (winner of the Washington Prize), Heisenberg's Salon, This Visit, and State of the Union. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies such as Walkers in the City (Rain Taxi), They Said (Black Lawrence Press), and Resist Much, Obey Little (Dispatches/Spuyten Duyvil), as well as in journals such as Agni, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions online, Diode, Interim, New American Writing, and VOLT.