Fady Joudah

Fady Joudah was the recipient of the Griffin International Poetry prize in 2013. His latest poetry collections are Alight and Textu, from Copper Canyon Press. Textu is written in meter based on the character count of smart phones. He is a practicing physician of internal medicine.

Sept/Oct 2020

Sandra Bland, Texas

By Fady Joudah

On the highway home last night you reappeared to me opposite where I was headed, so tell me, was it a cigarette that bothered your jailer so? (They let me […]

Winter 2007

The Tea and Sage Poem

By Fady Joudah

At a desk made of glass, In a glass-walled room With red airport carpet, An officer asked My father for fingerprints, And my father refused, So another offered him tea […]

July/Aug 2016

Progress Notes

By Fady Joudah

The age of portrait is drugged. Beauty is symmetry so rare it’s a mystery. My left eye is smaller than my right, my big mouth shows my nice teeth perfectly […]

Winter 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen

By Fady Joudah

… the easiest pain is someone else's, And even the Hittites Kept their nuclear weapon a sole possession For as long as they could. But it's been a bit much […]

Summer 2009

Rustle

By Mahmoud Darwish and Fady Joudah

And like one who listens to a hidden revelation, I listen to the summer leaves . . . a timid, anesthetized sound, descending from the distances of sleep . . […]

Summer 2009

Still Life

By Fady Joudah

You write your name on unstained glass So you’re either broken or seen through When it came time for the affidavit The panel asked how much art Over the blood […]

Summer 2009

Twice a River

By Fady Joudah

After studying our faces for four months My son knows to beam is the thing to do He’ll spend years Deciphering the injustice or the illusion of it Which depends […]

Summer 2009

Smoke

By Fady Joudah

With a cigarette in her left hand she says love built the gazebo . . . Thirty years after the smoke between the two clans had cleared His from a […]