Book Size: 6" x 9"

Pages: 120

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781623719784

Imprint: Olive Branch Press

Edition: 1

Release date: Spring 2019

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Making Mirrors

Writing/Righting by and for Refugees

By & Becky Thompson

$ 20

“Bringing together stunning work by new voices as well as internationally acclaimed poets, this necessary and deeply humane anthology offers a circumspect approach to displacement and its varieties of experience. Equally moving is the number of countries the poets come from: the book generates a map of resistance to oppression that covers much of the globe. Its publication firmly identifies this country’s place on that map and reminds us that we must open our eyes, read, and resist.” — John Hennessy, author of Bridge and Tunnel and Coney Island Pilgrims

About this book

A poetry anthology that illuminates exile and displacement.

Making Mirrors began on two continents, envisioned by Palestinian poet and aid worker, Jehan Bseiso, and Becky Thompson, a US-based poet changed by months of greeting refugees after their perilous journey across the Aegean Sea.

This anthology uses mirrors to reflect imagistic connections that allow us to see ourselves in each other, those on rafts and those standing on the shore, those waiting/writing in detention and those writing from places of relative safety, those who lift their children to the sky and those whose bodies are at the bottom of the sea.

Making Mirrors offers a poetics of belonging- to the earth, family, and memories packed into backpacks. The poems go beyond refugee/citizen binaries and illuminate exile as a forced/creative space.

As the refugee crisis fades from the front page of newspapers, this collection is a plea against historical amnesia and inertia; the poems are an antidote that reaches beyond despair to renewed action.

Contributors include: Abbas Sheikhi, Abu Bakr Khaal, Adele Ne Jame, Ahmad Almallah, Ahmed Qaisania, Angela Farmer, Baha' Budair,  Becky Thompson, Bronwen Griffiths, Eman Abedelhadi, Fadwa Soleiman, Fady Joudah,  Fatima Al Hassan, Fouad Mohammed Fouad, Gbenga Adesina, Golan Haji, Hajer Almosleh, Hayan Charara, Ibtisam Barakat, Jehan Bseiso, Jose A. Alcantara, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Lisa Suhair Majaj, Marilyn Hacker, Marisa Frasca, Merna Ann Hecht, Mohsen Emadi, Mootacem Bellah Mhiri, Naomi Shihab Nye, Nathalie Handal, Nawwar Kamal Al Hassani, Nisreen Aj, Nora Barghati, Omar Mousa Alsayyed, Rewa Zeinati, Ruth Awad, Saad Abdullah, Sanaa Shuaybe, Sara Abou Rashed, Sara Saleh, Sharif S. Elmusa, Sholeh Wolpe, Zeina Azzam, Zeina Hashem Beck, and Zoe Holman.

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About the authors

Jehan Bseiso is a Palestinian poet and researcher who has been working with Doctors without Borders since 2008. Her co-authored book I Remember My Name (2016) was winner of the Palestine Book Awards. 

Becky Thompson, Ph.D., is a poet, human rights activist, yogi, and professor. She is the author of several books, most recently, Teaching with Tenderness. Since 2015, Becky has been traveling to Greece, meeting rafts, documenting human rights violations, and teaching poetry workshops.

Reviews

“Bringing together stunning work by new voices as well as internationally acclaimed poets, this necessary and deeply humane anthology offers a circumspect approach to displacement and its varieties of experience. Equally moving is the number of countries the poets come from: the book generates a map of resistance to oppression that covers much of the globe. Its publication firmly identifies this country’s place on that map and reminds us that we must open our eyes, read, and resist.” — John Hennessy, author of Bridge and Tunnel and Coney Island Pilgrims

“[The book] puts in lyric conversation the pain, suffering, beauty, and genius of people of Nigeria, Eritrea, Iran, Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan and all of the places that refuse to be forgotten or marginalized. The images conjured… [are] elegant and powerful.” — Professor Ismail Rashid, Vassar College

About the Author

Becky Thompson, Ph.D., is a poet, human rights activist, yogi, and professor. She is the author of several books, most recently, Teaching with Tenderness. Since 2015, Becky has been traveling to Greece, meeting rafts, documenting human rights violations, and teaching poetry workshops.

Additional information

Author

Bseiso , Jehan

Author 2

Thompson , Becky

Edition

1

Inprint

Olive Branch Press

Pages

256

Type

PB

Release date

Fall 2018

Author Home

Rhode Island , USA

Subtitle

Writing/Righting by and for Refugees

Format

6" x 9"

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