“Oh, one of your gifts killed my only son – /my one seed wasted in the drought of this desert. /Are you sure you are the same as our One?”
“If curious by chance, you ask the refugees, they /say, Don’t ask for answers anymore. Let the ashes speak.”
Sofiul Azam takes on the politics of protest in the last “Persecution” poem.
Sofiul Azam’s second “Persecution” poem continues a dialog among Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs.
We’re honored to present the first part of a three-poem sequence exploring anti-Semitism and Islamophobia; a series that grew out of Bangladeshi poet Sofiul Azam’s correspondence with U.S. poet Robert Pinsky.