I was thrilled to hear of Naomi’s appointment. She’s been a mentor for me since the late 80’s when she taught a poetry class for a week. It was magical. Below are the numerous posts I’ve had on either this blog or CHECK IT OUT.
At the March AWP conference, I discovered this new book by Nye, THE TINY JOURNALIST.
It’s a collection of poems that reflect her father’s experience of being a Palestinian refugee from Jerusalem, Nye’s ongoing research and personal experiences along with channeling( Nye says she’s imagining Jann’a circumstances via Facebook postings) Janna Jihad Ayyad, the tiny journalist.
Ayyad is the world’s youngest registered journalist. You can find and follow her through Facebook.
I’m sharing two snippets from each section here.
The book opens:
Morning Song For Janna
“The tiny journalist
will tell us what she sees.
Document the moves, the dust
soldiers blocking the road…”
And then there is the poem
“Thank you for insulting me.
You helped me see how much I was worth.
Thank you for overlooking my humanity.
In that moment I gained power…
“Many say to Janna,Take care of yourself.
We are praying for you. Janna, you are so brave.
You run outside, our spirits go with you.
Others say you are too young to do this on your own…
And the book ends with this poem.
Tiny Journalist Blues
Nothing to give you
that you would want.
Nothing big enough
It’s a book that everyone should read. Poignant, present, and powerful.
A response found haiku:
what does she see? Tell us.
soldiers, guns, dust
Too brave, young
my worth is power
Lemons, and almonds
~jone rush macculloch (2019, draft)
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