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

Monastery

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 of Posit (positjournal.com) and the author of eight books and chapbooks, including This Visit (Blazevox, 2015), How to be Another (Cervena Barva Press, 2014), and State of the Union (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2014). Her ninth book, Heisenberg’s Salon, is available now for pre-order from Blazevox. Her poetry has appeared in such places as The Awl, Berkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron, Gargoyle, The Journal, The New Orleans Review, Prelude, Raritan, Seneca Review, So to Speak, Verse, and Verse Daily.