POETRY BY JOSETTE AKRESH-GONZALES
“My Son Distrusts People Who Are Happy All the Time” and “Oceans are warming at the same rate as if five Hiroshima bombs were dropped in every second” in The 2River View
“Letter to my aunts, uncles, and cousins who want to know the date of my son's bar mitzvah” in Ghost City Review
“The Cleanup Crew at the Western Wall” and “The Front Gates of the Jewish Graveyard in Cairo” in Clarion
These two poems are extracted from the sequence Jerusalem, printed in broadsheet format for a gallery exhibition at Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton, MA, from September–December, 2019. “The Front Gates of the Jewish Graveyard in Cairo” is a found poem, sourced from the article “From Cairo to Kolkata, Traces of a Vibrant Jewish Past” appearing in The New York Times, June 8, 2018. It is also among five poems from the same series, published as a set of broadsheets by Pen & Anvil Press.
This poem has been included in the anthology Choice Words (Haymarket), edited by Annie Finch.