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  • She Is
  • Elisabeth Mehl Greene (bio)

"She Is" celebrates the heroic spirit of women in early Islam, observing the challenges within their stories as well as in the traditional representation of those narratives. These women of the Islamic tradition display courage, perseverance, and resilience, deserving honor that is often denied them.

soft focus cat of nine    quilted cushion sewn with loopholes        a lost necklace, caravan, trust            live wire blossoming blue firetalent scout and strong coffee    sand storm against antique ceramics        falcon's eye for perfect accountingsea voyage solo tall sail    inkless lion committed to memory        jeweled orchid full of flour            unpinned swirl, unseated singular taleswindswept tent revealed in sun    ransomed rose, wings and myth        falling moon of buttered dates            firm carpet roller for onebarred name blessing of oud    between the mules and garments        deal refuser, unwilling to move [End Page 178]

Elisabeth Mehl Greene

Elisabeth Mehl Greene is a writer and composer working in the Washington, DC, area. She is a visiting researcher at the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Greene received her doctorate from the University of Maryland. Her first book, Lady Midrash: Poems Reclaiming the Voices of Biblical Women (2016), retells the stories of women from the Hebrew Bible and New Testament from their own perspectives.



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