Poems and Texts

from Smile & Nod by Rami Karim

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The English definition of

Arabic was lost due to severe

Infrastructural damage & hundreds dead

On assignment from my mother

I learned Allah was just a word for god

The capital A was a silent woman’s mini-bio

She prayed about stomach pain

Rami Karim

Rami Karim is a writer and artist based in Brooklyn. Their work has appeared in Apogee, The Brooklyn Review, The Invisible Bear, and Peregrine, and their chapbook is Smile & Nod (Wendy’s Subway, 2017). Karim teaches writing at the City University of New York and is a 2017 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

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