Learning the Ancestors’ Tongues and Other Poems

Learning the Ancestors’ Tongues

an Arabic simultaneity poem to be read in two voices, from right to left and left to right

—for Marwa Helal

you want to learn I
more me knowing

                                    place one in accord with all were they

know I than

             wind mighty rushing of as heaven from sound a came there suddenly and

language this
me inside

                          sitting were they where house the all filled it and

flames in ancestors dear
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