Citizenship & Identity Culture In Print 

Sparrow’s Feet

From the Fall 2015 Issue “Food Fight

I.   Jerusalem 586 B.C. 

They that be slain with the sword    are better 

than they that be slain     with hunger: 

for these pine away,     stricken through 

for want      of the fruits of the field.

Lamentations 4:9 

II.   Damascus 2012 

We ate grass we ate nothing         but grass   

and sparrows’ feet    the name of a weed   

our grandmother’s     knew to boil

after the gas  we sucked   its green marrow  and lived

Amineh Sawwan 9.7.90-

-Eliza Griswold




[Photo courtesy of Patrick Loeff]

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