On October 13th, Kurdistan’s Peshmerga Forces
went under attack by the Iranian-backed Shia militias near Kirkuk
The title of this poem is derived from a since-deleted tweet in a conversation about the attack detailed above. It is unclear if the quoted material was original to the tweeter, a reporter for a Kurdish media company, or the company itself.
Carolyn Benedict Fraser. Introduced by Circumstance #6, 2016. 20 x 25 inches, archival inkjet print.
Hajjar Baban is a Pakistan-born, Afghan Kurdish poet. She is currently the 2017 Detroit Youth Poet Laureate and a First Wave Scholar at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She spends most of her time avoiding running from herself.
Carolyn Benedict Fraser is a Lecturer in Photography at Ithaca College. Her work utilizes the constraints of the camera, the frame, and vision to address the ways in which we orient ourselves to mental and physical limitations. She studied psychology and photography at Mills College and received an MFA in Visual Art from Cornell University. Fraser spoke at the 2017 Northeast Chapter SPE Conference, Is Photography Enough?: Interdisciplinary Approaches Beyond the Still Image. Recently her work has been exhibited in New York City, San Francisco, and Brattleboro, Vermont, and was included in the Humble Arts Foundation of New York exhibition, On Beauty. Her website is www.carolynbenedict.com.