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For my vacation last summer, I visited the Bateer family in Xiwuqi.
Neither blood nor belonging accounted for my presence in Ghana.
Lebanon’s dreams of a homeland were fading with every rocket launch.
Man is always beginning everything anew, even in his own life.
Chess was a humiliation that hung over him like a leper’s bell.
My daughter’s favorite game is Holocaust. She’s quite inventive.
I was convinced she’d be back in the morning, like the sun.
The animals are dying. All the beautiful women are dying too.
Since I am in my seventies, it is now or never, and I know it.
He said he had come back to the prison because it was home.
Devanand Simon was twenty-five when the bodies fell from the sky.
Lost land, this is a song for the scars on your back, for your blistered feet.
I recoil from the certitude that religion can give a person; it’s horrific.
I only feel that here, only here, in this one place, a small rise.
Keely finally stops crying when they step outside. The shock of cold.
The dead children were wheeled away, covered with white sheets.
I hate it here, but I’ll make the best of it, because that’s what mothers do.
It was the sixties, and I was in
college and incredibly restless.
If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.
If a friend’s family is persecuted, call Sinn Fein on that number.
Find a hair in the rose bush, wrap it around a thorn until that thorn is soft.
Too bad there is no oil between her legs that 4-year-old Muslim girl.
Be glad the numbness in your legs isn’t reading on your face.
This Lee was a woman, and she was a painter, and she was good.
I saw my mother’s face turn dark like the winter sky before a storm.
I returned to Vietnam with a tape recorder to collect ca dao.
No one tells you what it sounds like out in the streets when bullets clang.
Papa’s link to that pond was a matter of blood. And the delicious carp.
“Mom, don’t you think the fucking racism is worse than my profanity?”
This book club has rules, Carolyn. Everyone HAS to read the book!