As part of FPIF's ongoing coverage of Split This Rock, they have published this week Susan Tichy's "American Ghazal." Here are the first lines:
Three men who look like Bedouin, but are not, pause with their camels in the snow—
Photo shot through a bus window, twenty-nine years ago on the Khyber Pass.
On the radio I thought they said: ‘The way the war is disinfected,’
So I turned the page over and found it blank.
Was. Was. Was. Was, the mad poet said. But the president says no,
That poet wasn’t mad. That poet understood the rent collector.
Read the whole poem here: http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/5008