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the ghosts of the dead sea rewrite the history of drowning

By George Abraham

-- after Patrick Kindig

sink [ the bodies ] sink [ unholy ] sink [ in their own ] sink sink [ home ] sink [ the bodies ] sink [ i lift ] sink [ zion's expense ] sink [ in skin ] sink [ & bone ] sink sink [ coarse & crystalline ] sink sink [ & wound ] sink sink [ i swallow ] sink [ or inhabit ] sink [ hot earth ] sink [ welling] sink [ into me ] sink sink [ converging ] sink [ topography ] sink [ of shattered ] sink [ silt ] sink [ i betrayed ] sink [ my ] sink sink [ self ] sink [ country ] sink [ not ] sink sink [ my ] sink [ or maybe ] sink [ i'm written ] sink sink [ into betrayal ] sink [ or death ] sink [ a calm ] sink sin[ earth salt ]k sink [ holy salinity ] sink sink [ of avulsion ] sink sink [ holy ] sink [ escape ] sink [ of fluid ] sink [ entombed ] sin [ in its own] sin [ ghost ] sin [ town] sin [ say Khalil ] sink [ i'm sorry ] sin [ say Gaza ] sink [ i failed ] sin [ say ocean ] sin [ i could not ] sin [ swallow ] sin [ your mirror ] sin [ horizon ] sin [ i am ] sin sin [ everything ] sin [ you are ] sin [ not ] sin [ the history ] sin sin sin [ perhaps ] sin [ is in ] sin [ the blood ] sin sin [ you name ] sin [ parallel ] sin sin [ or maybe ] sin [ the name ] sin [ is a history ] sin sin [ written in ] sin [ blood ] sin sin [ in flesh ] sin [ which is ] sin [ its own ] sin [ holy ] sin [ sound ] sin [ reverberating ] sin sin [ thick ] sin [ in its own ] sin [ blood ] sing [ scatter ] sin [ diffusion ] sin [ say we ] sin [ were never ] sin [ light ] sin [ worthy ] sing [ praise ] sing [ the birthright ] sing [ sunset ] sing sing [ passing ] sing [ reflection ] sing [ unto body ] sing [ not my ] sing  [ entirety ] sing [ praise the boy ] sing [ who wandered ] sing [ into me ] sing [ searching ] sing sing [ for air ] sing [ to build ] sing [ God ] sing [ from lifeless ] sing [           ] sing sing [ holy ] sing [ the dead ] sing [ who walk ] sing sing [ in me ] sing [ & become ] sing [ history ] sing sing [ or story ] sing [ strange fiction ] sing [ biblical ] sing [ save for ] sin [ salvation ] sing [ rise ] sing [ risen ] sing [ rise ] sing sing [ rise ] sing [ rise ] sing  [ martyr ] sing [ unearth ] sing sing [ human stay ] sing [ human ] sing [ free ] sing [ fly ] sing [ fly ] sing [ levitate ] sing sing  [ fly ] sing [ fly ] sing [ by means ] sing sing [ of ghost- ] sing [ fluid ] sing [ refusing ] sing sing [ its own ] sing [ weight ] sing sing sing

 


 

 

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"the ghosts of the dead sea rewrite the history of drowning."

Added: Monday, July 1, 2019  /  From Beloit Poetry Journal, (Summer, 2018). Used with permission.
George Abraham
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George Abraham (they/he) is a Palestinian-American poet and Bioengineering PhD candidate at Harvard University. They are the author of Birthright (Button Poetry, 2020), as well as two chapbooks: the specimen's apology (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) and al youm (TAR, 2017). He is a Kundiman, Watering Hole, and Poetry Incubator fellow, winner of the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, and recipient of the Best Poet title from the College Union Poetry Slam International. Their poetry and nonfiction have been published with The Paris Review, Tin House, The American Poetry Review, LitHub, Poem-A-Day, and in anthologies such as Bettering American Poetry and Nepantla.

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