He’s put the war out of his mind. Shelling and murdered relatives behind him. But it lives on in his legs: one limb at a time shakes constantly, even in sleep, as if someone had told him once long ago that he could outrun memory and he half-believed it.
First appeared in Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America [The Lebanon Issue], 2006
Used by permission.Claire Zoghb's Small House Breathing won the 2008 Quercus Review annual competition. A chapbook, Dispatches from Everest, is forthcoming from Pudding House Press. Her work has appeared in Connecticut Review, CALYX, Mizna, Natural Bridge and in Through A Child's Eyes: Poems and Stories About War. Twice a Pushcart Prize nominee, Claire won the 2008 Dogwood annual poetry competition. She lives in New Haven's Morris Cove neighborhood and works as Graphics Director at Long Wharf Theatre.
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