Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"how to say" by Safia Elhillo

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June 13, 2017

how to say

Safia Elhillo

About This Poem


"This poem is the first time I've put down in writing the scary thought that I may no longer be fluent in Arabic, my first language and mother tongue. And while it is a space to mourn, it is a space to also take ownership of my hyphens, of the hybrid worlds and languages I live in. I chose the ghazal as its form for its ancientness and lineage, a reminder that I came from somewhere as I strike out into new worlds."
—Safia Elhillo


Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017). She is a Cave Canem fellow of Sudanese origin and lives in Washington, DC.

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The January Children

(University of Nebraska Press, 2017)

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