July/Aug 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 4 PoetryJuly 1, 2019 |

Psalm of the Volunteer

  — for the Village of Skala Sikamineas Dear world, who am I to condemn you Dear eyes, who am I to blind you Dear lies, who am I to chastise you Dear hypocrisy, who I am to claim not know you Dear indignance, who am I to possess you Dear ignorance, who am I to float above you Dear soul, who am I to shun you, Dear soul, who am I to shelter you Dear soul, how am I to repair you

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Khaled Mattawa currently teaches in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan. He is the author of four books of poetry and a critical study of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Mattawa has coedited two anthologies of Arab American literature and translated many volumes of contemporary Arabic poetry. His awards include the Academy of American Poets Fellowship Prize, the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is the current editor of Michigan Quarterly Review.

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