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James Folta

July 9, 2024, 11:07 a.m.

The Avery Reviewa Columbia University architecture journal “dedicated to thinking about books, buildings, and other architectural media,” is launching a new project called Gaza Pages, a space to publish writing “by Gaza-based writers about Gaza, about Palestine, and about life during the genocide.”

The editors explain:

Yet there are times when our attempts to make sense of what is happening in the world as people who think about cities and spaces require a break with our format; when the essay as a form seems futile in the face of the urgencies of the present. The ongoing genocide—and urban murder and domestic murder—in Gaza is one such moment.

In reviewing our own commitment to the essay, we asked ourselves what other forms (formats and traditions) of writing are required in the face of genocide. In what other ways might we (re)act, assess, or narrate the scale and speed with which Palestinian life is being erased by the Israeli settler state?

The first Gaza pages contain two poems: “Where will I hide my poem?” by Mariam Al Khateeb and “The census taker will come” by Haidar al-Ghazali, in the Arabic original and in translation.

Read the poems and much more on The Avery review.