The journey from Iraq to America, from war to freedom, and the strange paths I had to take to escape, inspired this collection of poetry. Here you will get lost in the imagination of a child that grows to face the truth of a dictator's rule. When all hope is lost, a new life emerges, full of inspiration and beauty. I hope this book inspires those in need of inspiration and sheds a light on the untold truths of the casualties of war.
This book contains a handpicked selection of over one hundred poems divided into three parts. Part One focuses on the my childhood in Iraq, shedding light on a child's perspective of war as it started and the consequences that followed. Part Two is full of positivity and spirituality, moving away from the darkness of war and transforming the experience into the lessons learned. Part three shows playfulness and almost childlike imagination. These three parts come together to show the multiple aspects of the child I was and the woman I have become.
“I am more than an ‘Iraqi’, ‘immigrant’, ‘woman’, ‘doctor’ and I would like to change the perception of Arabs or Iraqis to a more complete vision. I would like to share my war stories through poetry and share the crazy little thoughts that jump in and out of my head about human beings and this vast universe we live in!”
-Raghad J. Zarkani.