Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

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Qasr al-Heir al-Sharqi—East


Eighth-century dust blows
Bedouin women and children
where sheep graze weeds,  
babies suck bright blue cloth.
Flat brown faces become
so many bony fingers
held to our fender, aware
the highway turns off,
the beach impassable
beyond the Athar cliffs.
Two round tower sentinels appear,
walls smashed, gate-locked, columns toppled:
Ozymandias weathered until word-lost.

Sandy Feinstein was a Senior Fulbright lecturer at the University of Aleppo just before the turn of the last century. Her first poem about her experiences in Syria appeared in The Princeton Arts Review (1999), her most recent in Connecticut River Review (2016).


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