'It was the eve of war but they didn't know'

War, impending war and exile forced by war, are increasing preoccupations in the work of Ladan Osman — not so much the wars, but the damage that they do to everyday people who are trying to live in this world. In 'Sun to God', these walking children and their parents, these laughing children and their parents, will eventually start to run, and will eventually stop laughing. It is a vividly capture...

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American Life in Poetry

'A tiny magical man makes me an offer'

This poem captures one of the peculiar, private deals that we sometimes make in a world that seems to be marching on, completely out of our control. Some might call it a prayer, or a spell, or a strange vow, characterised by a certain magical hope against reality. Huey labels it a “fairy tale”, a de...

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