Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nomenclatures of Invisibility by Mahtem Shiferraw

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March 16, 2017

Nomenclatures of Invisibility

Mahtem Shiferraw

About This Poem


"This poem attempts to capture in brief moments the depth of our invisibilities as we move and shift from one place to another. Our sense of place is not only lost, but constantly questioned, probed—and this kind of incessant interrogation lets us to believe there is no sense of dignity in our places of origin, in our names. And even though what the world is doing to us is not new, it breaks us every time."
—Mahtem Shiferraw


Mahtem Shiferraw is the author of Fuchsia (University of Nebraska Press, 2016). She lives in Los Angeles.

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