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I am the muezzin.  From the balcony of my minaret I make an announcement. 

My lilting voice continues to echo through the city as I run back down the winding stairs. Before the people arrive and dancing begins I need to select the music. I need to vacuum the carpets. 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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Of the postcards from my collection, I’ve chosen a few to intermarry variously. There are four characters: a Sudanese ‘Dervish,’ an Egyptian ‘Fellahi,’ a second Sudanese ‘Dervish,’ and a more generally identified ‘Arab.’

The postcards are all from the 1910’s and could safely be called colonial. Colonial photographers, while choosing beautiful faces to look upon, would categorize each — often incorrectly and presumptuously — by race, tribe, nation, and publish their finds as postcards for collectors and armchair anthropologists.

Heretofore unpublished friendships defy the colonial gaze:  they are eager, attentive, long-awaited to my eyes.

 

 

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I peak through an opening between curtains. I see an audience, but I don’t see a performance.

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I am seated on the floor among audience members. Together we rehearse lines before the curtain.

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The stage is nowhere to be seen. Behind the audience is a threshhold, with a curtain acting as door.

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Unexpectedly, I will be performing before an audience. However, the curtains have been badly placed.

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