Poem from my new book “AK-47 Poetry: How I Learned to Be Okay Watching the World Burn” about the memory of my dad sharing with me how terrorism works in the Middle East based upon his childhood in Turkey. Hope to raise awareness for the need to understand what is going on now there in the light of a metaphorical journey through the similarities of the American Civil War and the Syrian Civil War.
I just started to work on digitizing all my poems into audio tracks to make music from them. Started with Headed South: The Tango Over Damascus. Thankful to Lina Akeed and her English teacher in Minneapolis at Daybreak Press for some basic introductions to what it means to be a Syrian refugee in Minnesota. Thankful for Danya Al Hallak for talking to me on Skype a couple of years ago from Damascus and opening my eyes to what is going on there. Hope to make a living with this poetry by moving now to making music to help people dance and smile in the face of the horrors of war.
Spent most of the year working on this project. Going to Pine Ridge was the step that really opened my eyes to the history of America. That history needs to be uncovered and connected to the science of climate change for people to understand what is going on in the Middle East.