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Winter 2018/19

Naomi Shihab Nye


       American newspaper headline on internet

As if the bulldozers had their own lives
and were just being bulldozers
crushing houses
whole worlds
on their own time
no people involved

I am mad about language
covering pain
big bandage
masking the wound
let let let
but underneath
the hot blood clotting

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE's most recent book is Voices in the Air - Poems for Listeners  (Greenwillow, HarperCollins, 2018). "Israelis Let Bulldozers Grind to Halt" is from her forthcoming collection The Tiny Journalist (BOA Editions Ltd. 2019).



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