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MAKING MIRRORS

Making Mirrors began on two continents, envisioned by Palestinian poet and aid worker, Jehan Bseiso, and Becky Thompson, a US-based poet changed by months of greeting refugees after their perilous journey across the Aegean Sea. This anthology uses mirrors to reflect imagistic connections that allow us to see ourselves in each other, those on rafts and those standing on the shore, those waiting/writing in detention and those writing from places of relative safety, those who lift their children to the sky and those whose bodies are at the bottom of the sea.

Making Mirrors offers a poetics of belonging—to the earth, family, and memories packed into backpacks. The poems go beyond refugee/citizen binaries and illuminate exile as a forced/creative space. As the refugee crisis fades from the front page of newspapers, this collection is a plea against historical amnesia and inertia; the poems are an antidote that reaches beyond despair to renewed action.

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TEACHING WITH TENDERNESS: TOWARD AN EMBODIED PRACTICE

Imagine a classroom that explores the twinned ideas of embodied teaching and a pedagogy of tenderness. Becky envisions such a curriculum–and a way of being–that promises to bring about a sea change in education. Read Becky Thompson's new book, Teaching with Tenderness: Toward an Embodied PracticeLEARN MORE >

"I love this radical book down to its tiniest footnote."
-Mary Rose O'Reilley, Author of The Peaceable Classroom

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WHAT'S IN THE WORKS?

NEW CHAPBOOK OF POETRY, JUSTONICS

A chapbook of visual poems that crave color and insist on dancing. Justonics is a made up word that combines justice and ebonics to create a popular vernacular that breathes its way into music, art, and activism. Du Bois and Hancock (Herbie) become verbs, tomboys twirl on a fireman’s pole, and Buddha bells startle convention. 

Boston Poet Laureate, Danielle Legros Georges writes, "Becky Thompson hurls us into the space in which language is born…Justonics gives us a new way to read ourselves and our world." LEARN MORE

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Award-Winning Writer, Poet, Activist, and Professor
Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
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