Category Archives: mizrahi identity

what color (resilience)

I. mid october 2011: writing oneself out of oblivion today i occupied already occupied oakland i saw my own fist in the air pale beacon light house manar shining from the black sleeve of asaf’s jacket i said “power to … Continue reading

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safta worship

november 2011 i practice the sacred worship of mizrahi grandmothers who are too old for the label ‘mizrahi’ who remember fasting on ramadan and eating ma’amoul on easter who would have tried to understand the concept of tents as protest … Continue reading

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identity creature

i am a papier-mâché chimaera fairy tale creature pieces of hebrew language black panther newsletters unfinished scholarly papers and political manifestos poems never shared with the world sewn together with knotted scraps of black thread come loose from a keffiyeh … Continue reading

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poem for sa’adia

sa’adia you died in 1967 whose blood was on your hands i don’t want to know i’m more interested now in whose hands your soul was strangled with i am not yet a woman with hands that can touch fire … Continue reading

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empty houses: salameh/hatikva

so maybe i’ll be so desperate to see south tel aviv shkhunat hatikva to join the mahapekha so i’ll rip a hole in the space time continuum i’ll end up there & if it’s 1973 i won’t mind i’ll sing … Continue reading

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lake worth beach before the rapture that didn’t happen

18 may 2011 i walked to the beach today to ground myself in a place where my giant body is no longer a cage of crushing insignifance for my pea sized soul. your ghost followed me there. i looked over … Continue reading

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continuing nakba education for mizrahim who musta forgotten what it’s like to be refugees

Thank you, Suha Afyouni and Asaf Shalev, for conversations we had in passing that ended up bringing this poem to life, and thank you to the brave and beautiful people people who wrote this imperfect and inspiring letter. 3 may … Continue reading

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