Below are two ekphrastic poems I wrote during the HER STORY IS workshop in Dubai. “This Painting Has a Story” describes a work of art created by participant Thaira Al-Mayyahy (reproduced in this issue). “We Will Change the Rules of the Game,” inspired by a conversation held with participant Mariam Mohsen Al-Barguth, reflects on one of her paintings.
“This Painting Has a Story” and “We Will Change the Rules of the Game”
JENNIFER JEAN’S debut poetry collection is The Fool. Her work appears in Poetry, Rattle, and Waxwing. She has received a Disquiet Fellowship, a “Her Story Is” Residency, and an Ambassador for Peace Award for her literary activism. She is managing editor at Talking Writing and directs Free2Write Poetry Workshops for Trauma Survivors. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Jean; “This Painting Has a Story” and “We Will Change the Rules of the Game”. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 1 November 2019; 15 (3): 430–432. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15525864-7721005
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