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Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

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Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is the author of Water & Salt (Red Hen Press, 2017). She lives in Redmond, Washington.

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In the late eighties, in the middle
              of middle school we break from studying our ancestors,
pass on the Phoenicians for a while, leave the terraced fields
of Canaan and the hanging gardens of Babylon
              for European History. Miss Magda
is our guide and she contextualizes
the continent

However broken the sentences

you believe them preferable to silence

the kind that crowned
the remains of the village

Kabri was without a fight

or the park now at its entrance,

past the foundation stones beneath the