Mimesis

By Fady Joudah b. 1971 Fady Joudah
My daughter
                        wouldn’t hurt a spider
That had nested
Between her bicycle handles
For two weeks
She waited
Until it left of its own accord

If you tear down the web I said
It will simply know
This isn’t a place to call home
And you’d get to go biking

She said that’s how others
Become refugees isn’t it?

Fady Joudah, “Mimesis” from Alight. Copyright © 2013 by Fady Joudah. Reprinted by permission of Copper Canyon Press.

Source: Alight (Copper Canyon Press, 2013)

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Poet Fady Joudah b. 1971

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Subjects Living, Parenthood, Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Home Life, Social Commentaries, History & Politics, War & Conflict

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Fady Joudah is a Palestinian American physician, poet, and translator. The son of Palestinian refugees, poet Fady Joudah was born in Austin, Texas, and grew up in Libya and Saudi Arabia. He was educated at the University of Georgia, the Medical College of Georgia, and the University of Texas.

Joudah’s debut collection of poetry, The Earth in the Attic (2008), won the 2007 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition and was a . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Parenthood, Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Home Life, Social Commentaries, History & Politics, War & Conflict

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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