Poetry. Nominated for a 2020 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry. Through a series of prayers, invocations, and hymns, SYNCOPE eulogizes those who have perished making Central Mediterranean crossings as well as collects first-hand accounts of those who have survived these perilous journeys. Forces of fate brought errant lives together for a hopeful safe passage and ultimately, linked these lives in their untimely deaths. SYNCOPE attempts to shed some light on these lives, as well as the happenstance of living and dying while trying to cross a border.
Asiya Wadud is the author of No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body (forthcoming in 2020), SYNCOPE (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019), DAY PULLS DOWN THE SKY / A FILAMENT IN GOLD LEAF (Belladonna*, 2019), and CROSSLIGHT FOR YOUNGBIRD (Nightboat Books, 2018). She teaches poetry at Saint Ann's School and leads an English conversation class for new immigrants at the Brooklyn Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA