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War Story

By Claire Zoghb

He’s put the war out of his mind. Shelling and murdered relatives behind him. But it lives on in his legs: one limb at a time shakes constantly, even in sleep, as if someone had told him once long ago that he could outrun memory and he half-believed it.

Added: Thursday, July 3, 2014  /  First appeared in "Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America" (The Lebanon Issue, 2006). Used with permission.
Claire Zoghb

Claire Zoghb is the author of Small House Breathing (Quercus Review Press, 2013), winner of the Quercus Review Poetry Series Annual Book Award, and two chapbooks, Boundaries and Dispatches from Everest. Her work appears online and in print, and in the anthologies Through A Child’s Eyes: Poems and Stories About War, Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems, and Where Are You From? A Bilingual Anthology in English and Persian. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Claire is a past winner of Dogwood’s annual poetry competition and the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival. Her poem Terminal was nominated for Best of the Net by One. She is graphics director at Long Wharf Theatre.

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