THE WARTIME ISSUE

Zein El-Amine

 

MY JESUS

Is the one with the
Wired palms, an M.R.E. throne
And the canvas crown

 

HAIKU FOR THE HEADLOCKED

We thrash, curse for air
As our strangler declares, look
How violent the Arab

 

 

Zein El-Amine was born and raised in Lebanon and came to the US in the late 80's.  He works as a Civil Engineer and facilitates a Creative Writing workshop at the University of Maryland College Park.  He is a member of the Ella Jo Baker Intentional Community Housing Cooperative in DC and a long-time community activist. His poems have appeared in GYST, Penumbra, DC Poets Against the War anthology, and Joybringer.  He received first prize in the Tallahassee Writer's Association Annual Poetry and Haiku Contest.  He is a regular contributor of political essays to Left Turn magazine and his editorials have appeared in the Washington Post and the Washington Spark.

 

Published in Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 2006.