Lawrence Joseph

(1948 / Detroit, Michigan)

Lawrence Joseph Poems

1. It's Not Me Shouting At No One 4/7/2016
2. On Peripheries of the Imperium 12/21/2016
3. On Utopia Parkway 12/21/2016
4. Sand Nigger 1/20/2003

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Sand Nigger

In the house in Detroit
in a room of shadows
when grandma reads her Arabic newspaper
it is difficult for me to follow her
word by word from right to left
and I do not understand
why she smiles about the Jews
who won't do business in Beirut
"because the Lebanese
are more Jew that Jew,"
or whether to believe her
that if I pray
to the holy card of Our Lady of Lebanon
I will share the miracle.
Lebanon is everywhere
in the house: in the kitchen
of steaming pots, leg of lamb
in the oven, plates of kousa,
hushwee rolled in ...

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