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Once, I Lived in a House with a Name

Mohamed Assaf and Kate Clanchy

Keywords: childhood; home; loss; poetry; refugee; school

Five poems written by Mohamed Assaf (a young Syrian boy who currently lives in Oxford with his family and studies at Oxford Spires Academy) under the mentorship of the poet Kate Clanchy. The introduction and poems themselves offer a reflection on Mohamed’s old and new place(s) in the world, and the significance of writing as a way of responding to, and resisting, “refugeedom.”

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