Posts Tagged: Leila Chatti

Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, Leila Aboulela examines time and its tricks in “Pinpricks” for the Saturday Rumpus Essay.

And this weekend, we kicked off our Rumpus Inaugural Poems project with Leila Chatti’s eulogy for every mother’s lost country in “Motherland,” and Kaveh Akbar’s surreal images of reconstructionism in “Poem to a Conqueror.”

Meanwhile, Brandon Hicks shares a very funny new comic, “An Interview with BabyFace McTithead.”

Finally, in Sunday Rumpus Poetry, Faisal Mohyuddin offers us three simple moments of hope amongst riddles of anxiety in complicated times.

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The Rumpus Inaugural Poems

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Official inaugural poems are a strange beast. There have only been five of them and the one we recognize as the first, Robert Frost’s “The Gift Outright,” wasn’t composed for President Kennedy’s inauguration. Frost recited it when the sun’s glare off the snow made the poem he’d written, “Dedication,” impossible to read.

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