Editor's Note

Written at the end of 2008 at the start of the Gaza War, this prose poem by Syrian-born Ghayath Almadhoun and translated from the Arabic by Catherine Cobham challenges the reader to face brutal violence, a reality that is often more comfortably ignored. Today we share this poem in solidarity with the refugees who are barred from entering the United States or who are fleeing it to avoid deportation. To us, Almadhoun's poem is both an indictment of choosing peace of mind over engagement in ongoing humanitarian crises and a staggering reminder to hold ourselves accountable to each other.