Jan/Feb 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 1 Poetry |

Isdoud (for Fady Joudah)

dear descendant of the dis appeared you ascend the pillar of your own air spin & span whole abysses with lines translating there to here & here to where wind winds in dry wadis hoists sea in handful after invisible handful isdoud now your e-mail address & digital image of branches through windows within school ruins a refugee points with his cane to what he only can see you argue against the argument against your self you yourself make & home in kiss my blind eyes clear close keyholes with opening homeland you cradle in vowels what was not never yours I’ll hold it here till you return

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Philip Metres
Philip Metres is the author of The Sound of Listening: Poetry as Refuge and Resistance (2018), Pictures at an Exhibition (2016), Sand Opera (2015), To See the Earth (2008), and other books. A recipient of the Lannan, two NEAs, and two Arab American Book Awards, he is director of the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program and professor of English at John Carroll University. http://www.philipmetres.com

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