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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 11, Number 4, December 2017
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Chen-ou Liu
Ajax, Ontario, Canada


Changing Sides

for Syrian artist Abdalla Al Omari

I walk down Progress Avenue, passing a poster on the utility pole, its corners flipping in the winter wind. Printed on the left side, in red ink, are the giant words Breaking Point: One Is Too Many. On the right side is a long, snaking line of people in ragged clothes, staggering toward the border, arms and backs piled high with their belongings and sleeping mats.

drunken shadow
on the wall of ignorance . . .
Trump stands
in the worn-out shoes
of a Mexican migrant


Author's Note: Abdalla Al Omari is known for depicting world leaders as refugees in his "Vulnerability Series" of paintings. Click here to view some of the series.

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