The following poem attempts to think about loss from the perspective of different religions (the Jewish prophet Jeremiah, a Christian sermon, a Buddhist tale, Muslim prayer and traditions). The piece travels through time as well as space: it looks back at the Renaissance as a period in which Jeremiah’s lamentations were set to music and forced travel/slavery between Morocco and England first occurred.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Bolton

Elizabeth Bolton

Betsy Bolton is a Professor of English Literature and Environmental Studies at Swarthmore College. She teaches Romanticism and fiction and poetry workshops, as well as courses in environmental studies and sustainable systems change. During the 2013 and 2014, she was a Fulbright Scholar, studying writings on Morocco through community-based digital storytelling. Work associated with that project can be seen here.

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