The martyr couldn't believe his eyes when his tomb was bombed as he braided a garland for his beloved— a red garland, yet...on the way to heaven ... it turned white. He bent toward the water with a small rainbow clutched in his hand. In this way he makes music. He lifts is hands to the clouds and braids her
Dunya Mikhail is the author of several books, including The Iraqi Nights (New Directions, 2014); Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea (New Directions, 2009), winner of the 2010 Arab American Book Award for Poetry; and The War Works Hard (New Directions, 2005). Her honors include the Kresge Artist Fellowship and the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. She currently lives in Michigan, where she works as an Arabic lecturer at Oakland University.