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Bag of Bones By Dunya Mikhail 2005 Dunya Mikhail (b. 1965) is an Iraqi American poet who was born and raised in Iraq. As a journalist and poet in Baghdad, her writing was considered “subversive” by former dictator Saddam Hussein. Mikhail was placed on Hussein’s enemies list and fled to the United States in 1996 following threats and harassment from the government. After the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, many mass graves were found, believed to be from Hussein’s 20 years in power. As you read, take notes on the poem's use of imagery and repetition. 1 What good luck! She has found his bones. The skull is also in the bag the bag in her hand 5 like all other bags in all other trembling hands. His bones, like thousands of bones in the mass graveyard, his skull, not like any other skull. 10 Two eyes or holes with which he listened to music that told his own story, a nose that never knew clean air, 15 a mouth, open like a chasm, was not like that when he kissed her there, quietly, not in this place noisy with skulls and bones and dust 20 dug up with questions:

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