Marilyn Hacker and Deema K. Shehabi co-wrote Diaspo/renga: a collaboration in alternating renga in response to the 2009 invasion of Gaza. “Diaspo/Renga dramatizes how Jewish and Palestinian experiences of exile…come together in an act of imaginative empathy for and solidarity with oppressed and displaced peoples” (Philip Metres).
Deema K. Shehabi’s first book, Thirteen Departures from the Moon, was published in 2011. “Sometimes a new poet appears who has a generous field of vision, a craft at once well-honed and extravagant, and a unique point of view, with narratives that could belong to no one else—a poet who, by being of her specific time and place, writes for the widest world” (Marilyn Hacker).
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