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Angele Ellis: Kelli Stevens Kane’s Songs of Innocence and Experience

In fifty numbered verses—many with the diamond-like compression of Emily Dickinson—Stevens Kane explores how the daily reality of the body suddenly can become extraordinary, paranormal—and how the science of events—such as gravity—can give way to the spiritual…

November 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Angele Ellis: In Lebanon, 2000 June

It was the summer the Israelis withdrew, leaving
behind
a landmined no-man’s-land of phosphorus orange groves,
blighted with white like the kingdom of the Snow Queen.

September 16, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: Rouba’s Manifesto

“If you want to change the world, make your life about others. And everything will come back to you.” — Dr. Rouba Mhaissen

July 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Wonderful Life

We are halfway between Bedford and Pottersville:
the kindness of community, the chill greed of despair.

December 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Occurrence on the Lake Shore Limited

The officer stopped at my seat and thrust his face toward mine. “Are you an American?”

July 12, 2019 · 3 Comments

Angele Ellis — Next Stop: Xenogenesis

 In memory of Octavia E. Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006)  In the bus bay, stark half-darkness of a ship corridor, propellant smell of diesel. Clayark obliterates Greyhound—blur of fur on … Continue reading

February 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: A Portrait of Iraq

. From director Janssen Powers: If you Google image search “Iraq” looking for photos of anything other than soldiers and war then you’re in for some serious scrolling… Since the … Continue reading

August 5, 2018 · 4 Comments

Angele Ellis: My sister’s bones

keep breaking. A midnight cough sharp as a rifle shot cracks a rib.   Hefting a hissing tomcat by its scruff shears a wrist. It’s not only skin that consents … Continue reading

August 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: On Hearing That FBI Anti-Terrorism Agents Spied on the Thomas Merton Center

For Molly Moore Rush Pacifism is dangerous. Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk who rose above his Seven-Storey Mountain to the Buddhist peaks of Nepal, was electrocuted by a faulty fan … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Federal Building

I enter through security as taxpayer, the needle’s eye of citizenship. Bag on the table, keys in a plastic container that could hold mail or explosives. The only way in … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Angele Ellis: Reading the Cup

Unfathomed, the deep blue sea is black and bitter – Arabic coffee boiled three times in a copper pot. Drink to the silted grounds in heart-scalding gulps. Turn your cup … Continue reading

June 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Kashishi

For Raff Ellis How many generations have we been peddlers of notions, our ribbons of battle fluttering from kashishi – livelihood out of suitcases – from packs, from the karra … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

Angele Ellis: If We Live

For John Reoli   to be of arab descent is a practice of disassociation, you write. I read dislocation, wrenched identity. Hanging limply from sorrow’s shoulder. You write, i guess … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Angele Ellis: Arabic Lesson

Unlike the illiterate villager in an Arab novel I know alef from a telegraph pole single stroke of the definite article first letter of my French name I have chanted … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

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