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Mahtem Shiferraw

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Mahtem Shifferaw

Mahtem Shiferraw is the author of Fuchsia (University of Nebraska Press, 2016). She lives in Los Angeles. 

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My ancestors are made with water—
blue on the sides, and green down the spine;

when we travel, we lose brothers at sea
and do not stop to grieve.

Our mothers burn with a fire
that does not let them be;

they whisper our names
nomenclatures of invisibility
honey-dewed faces