POETRY BY JOSETTE AKRESH-GONZALES

“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.)

“I am used to keeping secrets about my body” in Rattle

“The Dolls’ House at Windsor Castle” in Breakwater Review

Named top-ten finalist in 2017 Split Lip Press Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest 

“Eat the Pears” and “Lessons from Suburbia” in Breakfast All Day, a menu-style chapbook from Pen & Anvil Press

“Mandatory Palestine” in Love’s Executive Order

“What I Meant” in The Good Men Project

“I Buried the Workweek” in The Good Men Project (nominated for the Pushcart Prize)

“In Europe, Mothers Enjoy Two Years of Maternity Leave” in The Good Men Project

“The Hammock” in Knee-Jerk Magazine

“There Was a Man Named Job” in Juxtaprose

“Code” and “Mad Mad Mad Mad” in Lime Hawk

“‘Pain Scares Me Stupid,’ She Said” in Literary Orphans

“The Trumpet Player” and “Long Suffering” in PANK

   “Retirement” in Matter

‟Happy New Year” in Black Heart Magazine

(Also included in Best of Black Heart 2014)

‟Placenta” in Two Hawks Quarterly

‟The Worst Thing Is” in Two Hawks Quarterly

‟Mollusk” in The Charles River Journal

 

Earlier work in Epicenter and Clarion

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