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Yahya Frederickson: Sacrifice

Bismillah, and the blade
will dissolve flesh. As he cups the sheep’s muzzle,
exposing its long, soft neck, for just a moment
I don’t believe in death.

May 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Yahya Frederickson: Hussam’s Heart

 al-Wa’r, Syria .  My flat smells stale, so I go ask Hussam, the young neighborhood grocer, if he sells incense, a shard to crumble over my censer’s coals. He raises … Continue reading

February 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Yahya Frederickson: What I Learn About Poetry in Yemen

 Sana’a What I learn about poetry in Yemen, I learn at a sidewalk café off Zubairi Street, one of the main streets in Sana’a named after the poet who fomented … Continue reading

December 6, 2018 · 4 Comments

Yahya Frederickson: Can

Sana’a University, Yemen Can a can can a can? the students of linguistics quiz me, giggling as if they’ve heard the most delicious gossip. They are students of Dr. D. … Continue reading

October 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Medea Benjamin & Nicolas J.S. Davies: In Yemen and Beyond, U.S. Arms Manufacturers Are Abetting Crimes against Humanity

The Saudi bombing of a school bus in Yemen on August 9, 2018 killed 44 children and wounded many more. The attack struck a nerve in the U.S., confronting the … Continue reading

October 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

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