Zeeshan Ali presents two poems that process a history of war, one from the perspective of a “mother’s longing for freedom” and another, a two-part prose poem that expands from multiple voices, some discernible, and others not as much. The perspectives and the voices that emerge from both poems can be seen as diametrically opposite to one another, while maintaining a common setting that emphasizes the tension and contrast to be found within these verses by the young poet.

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