Read Shayma Interviewed by a Medical Red Cross Staff Member in Corigliano Calabro on the Georgia Review website.
An interview with Georgia Review's Laura Solomon about trauma and the obligations of poetry:
"The abandonment of the refugees by the crew of the ship that was supposed to bring them to safety replays a version of all the abandonments they have suffered and will suffer. To respond by writing about them is to counteract such abandonments. It is to say, I will not abandon you. It is to say, “Here I am,” as French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas describes our obligation to a person who suffers. So, that’s the setup for, and the obligation of, the poem."