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  • Lessons in Isolation
  • Daniella Toosie-Watson (bio)

When I was in elementary school   mymother belly danced in the front yard while

I practiced soccer tricks     She snaked through the grassbarefoot     brown-bellied

fully adorned in purple and blue bedlah     Her hands coiled andunfurled above her head   her zills crowned her thick black mane       Her coin hip scarf sounded like       Sizdah-Bedar rain

My English     stepfather     framed herin his camcorder     Some nights     in her bedroom she        taught me and my brother isolations:

the washing machine     the figure 8the shimmy     We took turns wearing the coin scarf

We compartmentalized our bodies     Each partperformed its own independent movement

simultaneously     with the other partsI was angry at my mother the first time

she warned us to veil that we are     Iranian:our house was bordered by a

rural town of people who didn't want us       I didn't listen     and each time

a classmate made fun of me     my tongue coiled a bit more. [End Page 111]


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Nichole Perkins and Naana Orleans-Amissah at the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Oxford University, 2016

Photograph by Linda Smith © 2016


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Nicholas Nichols and Gabriel Ramirez at the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Oxford University, 2016

Photograph by Linda Smith © 2016

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Daniella Toosie-Watson

DANIELLA TOOSIE-WATSON is a poet, visual artist, and educator in New York. She has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and InsideOut Detroit Literary Arts Project. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program.

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ISSN
1080-6512
Print ISSN
0161-2492
Pages
pp. 111-112
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-26
Open Access
No
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