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Dunya Mikhail, who now lives in the United States, wrote her first poems as a teenager in Baghdad.

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Dunya Mikhail Poems from ‘The War Works Hard’

War is a recurring theme for poet Dunya Mikhail, an Iraqi exile who fled her country after being placed on Saddam Hussein’s enemies list. She wrote her first poems as a teenager in Baghdad, just as the slaughter of the Iran-Iraq War began. Subsequent wars offered more to write about.

One of Mikhail’s collections is called The War Works Hard. It’s also the name of a poem with an ironic take on the meaning and consequence of war.

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